Adults know that carrying a huge load on their backs may do harm over time. But children continue to walk around with monstrous backpacks on during the school year. In a study conducted by Spine Magazine, 80 percent of surveyed children said that their backpacks were heavy. Worse, 65 percent of them felt their backpacks caused them fatigue and 46 percent said they had back pain due to the heavy load. What can you do?
Select a More Appropriate Backpack
As the temperature warms and the days grow longer, people are energized to clean their homes of winter must and dirt. But spring-cleaning can be very hard on muscles and the skeletal structure! In fact, the National Safety Council says an injury occurs every four seconds in the home. Many of these injuries could be avoided by following a simple rule – never twist, rotate or overextend your back, neck and shoulders. Keep yourself injury-free and pain-free while doing spring cleaning, consider these tips:
Vacuuming: The twisting and turning movements most people use when vacuuming put increased compression on the spine and neck. To avoid problems, vacuum with the machine or hose close to the front center part of your body and at waist height. Using both hands on the handle, push the vacuum in front of you while walking in a long line and then pull back using the same motion. Never push and pull the handle back and forth with short strokes.