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What is the Best Way to Carry a Bag or Suitcase? Your Ultimate Guide to Avoiding Pain or Discomfort

Updated: Mar 29, 2022

Whether you are traveling, heading to work, or going to school, carrying a heavy bag can be taxing on your body. How one prepares for this type of load and the work involved in getting to and from your destination will dictate how good you feel throughout the day.

According to recent statistics, there are tens of thousands of children who visit the ER every year in the United States and about 86% of all children experience back pain related to wearing a backpack. These numbers are very troubling considering a significant amount of the school-age population are experiencing pain in a spine that is still developing. Without the appropriate ability to carry or wear their backpack, this could impact their growth regarding adolescence scoliosis development and create recidivism (chronic nature) of back pain as they continue to grow and age.

In today's blog post, we will discuss not only the reasons for back pain related to wearing a backpack but what adjustments you should implement (both for yourself and your child) to mitigate issues associated with carrying all heavy bags (e.g., backpacks, suitcases, briefcases, and purses).

How NOT to Wear a Backpack?

The major issue with wearing a backpack stems from two factors: the bag itself just being too heavy compared to your body weight and how you are wearing/carrying it.