How to Properly Wear a Backpack

It’s that time of year again – summer is now over and children all across the area will be returning to school. As students prepare for another year of learning, backpacks will be filled with school supplies, computers, and books. Most individuals simply think about the convenience-purpose of wearing a backpack and do not realize the significance of proper backpack use. What is the proper way to wear a backpack and does a certain wearing technique correlate to back pain in the future?

When considering what backpack to purchase, look for backpacks with broad shoulder straps (and one that also has chest and waist straps). relieve back painLook for straps that are adjustable. Broader straps secured around the waist and chest help to distribute weight evenly when wearing. Although the popularity of the technique is up for debate, aiming to wear both shoulder straps is also key for optimizing equal weight distribution. Straps should be tightly secured with the backpack centered high on the back between the shoulders – avoid hanging below the waist. Uneven weight distribution in the backpack makes the shoulders, neck, and back more susceptible to future injury.

According to American Academy of Pediatrics, it is recommended that one should not carry more than 10% of their body weight. Increasing weight any more than 10% of one’s body weight puts the back at risk for potential injuries such as lower back strains and herniated discs. In order to lighten the load, it is important to encourage students to leave non-essential items for the day in school or at home. When adding weight to the backpack, heavier objects should be added first and closest to the back itself. Keeping the majority of the weight closest to the center of the body is optimal position for less strain on the lumbar and thoracic spine.

Lifting mechanics are also important to consider in order to prevent further back injury. Educate children on lifting and bending from the knees and not the waist. It is important to use the legs when lifting – this method also decreases global pressure on the spine. Overall, learning these techniques on how to lift and carry a backpack is crucial to spine health for all students in order to prevent current and future back injury.

Motivate Yourself to Stay Active During or After Physical Therapy

The motivation to exercise often is a big problem for people who are thinking of starting physical therapy or staying active after treatment is completed. This is one topic of conversation we have with our patients here at Red Canyon Physical Therapy at our Frederick, Maryland office.

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Unexpected Benefits of Physical Therapy

It’s natural to want to lose weight, quit smoking, or start a new hobby, but the team at Red Canyon Physical Therapy in Frederick, Maryland wants to help you commit to a different resolution. It should go without saying, but there are a number of unexpected additional health benefits that come from staying consistent with a physical therapy regimen. Therefore, it’s imperative patients see their physical therapy program through until the end.

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Holiday Gift Ideas

Happy Holidays everyone from Red Canyon Physical Therapy in Frederick, Maryland, and now our newest location in Hagerstown, Maryland. As we approach this holiday season and you’re trying to figure out what to get some of your friends and family members, Red Canyon has some great gift ideas we want to share with you. The best news is they are fairly inexpensive. Check these great items out: Read more

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20 Tips to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

Red Canyon Physical Therapy in Frederick, MD wants to wish you and your families a happy and healthy holiday season! With that said, we want to share with you some healthy holiday tips during this time of year. Here are 20 tips to help you stay healthy during the holidays:
1. Know that eating desserts or unhealthy foods in moderation is okay! Don’t get down on yourself for sneaking in one of Santa’s cookies.
2. Stay hydrated.

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Helping Maryland Student Athletes Prepare for the Fall Season

The Fall sport season is right around the corner! Red Canyon Physical Therapy in Frederick, Maryland wants your student athlete feeling great. We also know that with the start of a new school year and a new sports team, the beginning of the season can be tough. Whether your student is lacing up in the black and gold for the Frederick High School Cadets, or any other team in the region, there are many factors that can help student athletes have a great tryout and season.

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Functional Foods and Inflammation

What are functional foods and how can they help reduce pain? Functional foods are not clearly defined as the qualities they posses and their role in health are constantly evolving. In general a Functional Food is a food that you consume for its bioactive components for health related purposes. These bioactive components are best consumed raw as heat alters the properties of food and may in some cases make the bioactive components, well, less active.

What is Inflammation? Our job as Physical Therapists and Wellness Providers is to help you feel better and move pain free as quickly as possible. When you have an injury your body becomes inflamed at the injury site. Inflammation is a natural immune response designed to promote blood flow to injured areas in an effort to heal the injury site. Imagine you fall and bump your head (injury site). The response of your body is for that area to swell, become warm and hurt (a result of blood flow to the area). This is called the inflammatory response; Pain is a result of this response and as you heal pain should be reduced.

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