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Aching back? Whether it's lower back pain or another area that hurts, get back pain relief with the tips in this Howcast video series.
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Purchase a lightweight backpack
Purchase a lightweight backpack that is the appropriate size for the user's age, weight, and height. Do research by consulting sales clerks at sport shops or looking at reviews in consumer magazines or online.
Avoid a heavy pack
Avoid a heavy backpack. Kids should not carry more than 10 to 15 percent of their body weight.
Bend at the knees
Learn to bend at the knees and grab the backpack with both hands when lifting.
Distribute the weight of the backpack more evenly by utilizing all the compartments and side pockets.
Use both straps
Carry the backpack using both straps to evenly distribute the weight. Backpacks with padded straps enhance comfort.
Tighten the straps to fit close to the body and sit 2 inches above the waist.
Consider a backpack on wheels
Consider purchasing a backpack on wheels if you can't handle the heavy load. With proper lifting strategies, your back will thank you!