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BACK TO SCHOOL? Pack for the back 🎒

How heavy is too heavy? 🎒🥵

Studies have indicated that some students carry as much as 30% to 40% of their body weight!

Carrying heavy loads can lead to:

💥Neck, upper-back, and shoulder pain.

💥Lower back pain.

💥Pressure marks (redness and swelling) due to backpack straps.

💥Shortened length of spine, due to compensations in spinal curves.

💥‘Stooped posture’ and forward leaning.

💥Increased pressure on feet (up to 25%).

💥Decreased stride length and walking speed.

💥Impaired lung and respiratory function (increase in breathing rate).

🚨Tips for parents and students:

✅ Ensure straps are tightened so the backpack sits high on the spine.

✅ Organise heavier items low and towards the center of the backpack.

✅ Pack light when possible, removing unnecessary items.

✅ Lift properly by bending at the knees when picking up the backpack.

Please look after our students returning to school and share these tips 🦴😊

Do not ignore any pain… See the team at Complete Care Osteo!!

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