What your backpack-wearing style says about you

students in a school hallway wearing backpacks with one strap

A student’s most common type of travelling baggage for school is the backpack. Carrying books, a bottle of water, and a lunch can be heavy and potentially cause back pain. However, the backpack is commonly used because it distributes the weight on both shoulders instead of one – which reduces back pain compared to other unbalanced travelling baggage.

As students begin socializing with their peers, they will learn different ways to wear a backpack. The “cool” kids tended to wear the backpack with one strap as a sign of rebellion – thereby making the proper way of wearing both straps seem not as “cool”.

What are the consequences of wearing the backpack with one strap? Obviously, back pain.

And what does your backpack-wearing-style say about you? Nothing, really. Except you can tell if someone cares about their back.

When students move to higher grades, they get more books. The “smart” kids would wear both straps not only because “cool” didn’t matter anymore, but it also became necessary with the physical load they had to carry.

Fast forward some time and some “cool” kids wear both straps now. “Cool” changes but doing what is right and proper will go a long way. Your back will thank you for it.

Find out more about the influence of wearing the backpack with one strap.

Can Texting Affect Your Spine?

Are you the type of person who is constantly on your phone? According to New York City-based spine surgeon Kenneth Hansraj, MD, if you do, then leaning forward to text can wreak havoc to your spine. Click here to read more about this interesting study from health.com!

Do Not Neglect Your Body Pains

All of us have experienced some mysterious and random pains in our bodies at some point. Most of us usually ignore the pains and leaves the same way as it arrived. Body pains usually send warning signs to your body so that you can seek medical attention .Although some of the pains are just mild, some mysterious pains should never be ignored. Do you know what body pains should never be ignored? Let us take a look at some of these body pains.

Abdominal pain

If you have eaten some foods leftovers may cause a little discomfort in our abdominal area. The torso is a busy place and a lot of activities usually take place here, therefore any sign of pain can never be ignored. Organs like kidney, uterus and lungs could cause severe abdominal pains while pain in your lower-right abdomen clearly means that your appendix is inflamed and requires removal immediately. Pain in the upper-right means, that the gall bladder could be having issues which require medical attention. Upper-back pain along the upper abdominal pain could be a possibility of pancreatitis which means the inflammation of the lungs. Nothing causing severe abdominal pains is good news and some of these pains can lead to death of intestinal tissues and other severe cases. There are some viral diseases like hepatitis B which can cause liver failure.

Lower back pain

Most of the back pains are job-relating disability. Lower back pains are related to kidney problems. The pain may occur due to the formation of a kidney stone which may pass on its own. This is a very traumatizing experience. At times, when the kidney is affected it usually swells and causes a lot of discomfort in your lower back. You should always get your back pain checked out since some of the pain may lead to severe cases like having a kidney tumour. Save your kidneys by not neglecting that tiny pain on your lower back.

Chest Pains

When we talk about chest pains we focus mostly on heart diseases. Pain from a heart attack usually shows in other places not particularly your heart. The signs may show from abdomen, shoulder, arm, throat or lower jaw. If you are at risk of heart disease then mysterious pains from your shoulder or jaw should relay a message for you to seek medical attention.

Burning sensations in hands or feet

Symptoms like tingling, a burning sensation or numbness could be a sign of peripheral neuropathy which has many causes like alcohol abuse, diabetes, vitamin B-12 deficiency and other disorders. In most cases, pain killers and aspirins may relieve the pain or eliminate a burning sensation but it is very important to seek medical attention to avoid future complications


Headaches usually appear out of nowhere striking very hard like a clap of thunder. Most headaches could indicate a much bigger problem which can cause transient ischemic attack or stroke. Stroke occurs when there is a clot in the body’s vein or arteries breaking loose and eventually makes its way to the brain. The clot may be temporary or partially block an artery, therefore resulting in transient ischemic attack that blocks the blood flow suddenly causing a stroke.

Indeed, body pains cannot be neglected because the results may be fatal. It is very important to seek medical attention before it’s late. Recurring body pains require immediate attention. Having your ehic one will be able to receive the treatment very fast and avoid further complications.


Author-Bio: Am Maria Mcquire, an author by profession born and brought-up in UK. Am a writer and an avid blogger as well, I could pen down on any topic I come across. Follow me on G+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/102374703263307769178/posts

Prevent Back Injuries In 7 Easy Steps

We’ve been told all our lives about the importance of posture – from parents, from teachers, and from doctors. Most of us find it easier to simply ignore their advice, but as it turns out good posture is incredibly important for protecting against injury, especially back pain. Furthermore, there are a myriad of simple posture changes that you can do right now to keep yourself healthy! The point of good posture is to remember that your spine has natural curves meant to support your weight, and working with them is imperative for good back health.

1. Stand Up Straight!

The curves of the spine are designed to support one against the pull of gravity, and when one is standing up straight these curves work in conjunction with your muscles to keep your back healthy for years to come. When you slouch it adds more work to these muscles, straining them and leading to potential injury in your twilight years.

2. Stomach In, Shoulders Back, Head Forward

As with standing up straight, it is important to maintain the natural curves of the spine. By tucking in the gut, keeping the shoulders back, and head forward, the muscles attached to the spine can be used to maintain that natural curvature. In short: there is a valid positive health benefit to standing like a soldier.

3. Back Straight When Sitting

When you are sitting down, maintaining good back posture remains just as critical as when standing. At all times you want to maintain the three natural curves of the body. When in a chair ensure that your buttocks are up against the back of the chair. Using a back support or lumbar roll is a good way to maintain the necessary supports.

4. Knees Bent at Right Angle When Seated, Feet Flat to the Floor

In order to maintain a good posture, it is important your entire body provides the adequate support: to include your feet and legs. Keeping your knees bent at a right angle (90 degrees) and your feet flat to the floor encourages proper posture when sitting on the ground. Kicking your legs out and resting your heels on the ground encourages slouching and makes it difficult to maintain good back posture.

5. Stand with your Legs

Lifting with your legs doesn’t apply only to heavy lifting – when standing up from a sitting position the best posture for even this simple act is to move forward to the edge of the seat, and then straighten out your legs without bending forward at the waist. This maintains that critical support your back needs and keeps back pain from coming about for years to come.

6. Back Mostly Straight When Lifting

While a slight bend may be necessary when lifting, avoid lifting with your back at all costs – your leg muscles are far more powerful and allow you to lift heavier objects without throwing your back out. Remember: your back wasn’t designed for lifting, it doesn’t have the leverage for it – use your legs.

7. Avoid Twisting your Back When Lifting

If you’re carrying a heavy load, don’t twist your back – allow your waist, hips, and legs to maintain your posture and provide the necessary amounts of support. Remember: the cornerstone of good posture is letting the natural curves of your body do all the work for you!


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This article was written by Brennen Kliffmueller. Brennen has been volunteering in a physical therapy office for years now and has seen first hand the struggles patients have with back injuries. He also is a writer for eCompliance. Feel free to check out his Google+.

3 Easy Back Stretches For Those With Back Injuries

If you have ever incurred a back injury, then the effects can certainly be almost unbearable. The road back to full health might seem difficult to overcome, but that does not mean it’s impossible. One of the first things you should start doing are stretches that help loosen up the muscles. Of course, these stretches won’t be intensive right off the bat, and you may not be able to do many of them, but it’s important to work yourself and your body back to full strength. If you work at a job that requires the frequent use of your back muscles, then stretches might be your best bet.

You should start your back-stretching regimen only a few days after you incurred your injury. Although it might be difficult, it’s important to get yourself back into working condition as soon as possible. Of course, you should also consult a doctor before performing any exercises. Your doctor will understand the severity of your back issue, and, if it’s particularly bad, the best medicine might just be rest and relaxation while the back heals. If that’s not the case and you can still move around, then stretching your back muscles is important.

One easy stretch is referred to as the “one-leg hamstring stretch.” With this stretch, you have to start off lying flat on your back with your knees bent. Then, lift one leg off the ground and try to point it straight up. Obviously, you will have a little bit of a bend in the knee. Use both hands to clasp around the thigh and then bring the thigh as close to you as you can manage. Keep your leg in that position for 10 seconds and then slowly and carefully let your leg go back into position with the knee up. Do the same thing for your other leg.

Another stretch you can employ is the “knee to chest stretch.” Again, the starting position is with you flat on your back and your knees bent. The stretch in this case is a little easier. Your goal is merely to bring one knee toward your chest by clasping your hands around the knee. Pull toward you as much as you can for about 10 seconds and then repeat the process with the other knee up to three times. This will help stretch out your hamstring muscle and reduce pain in your lower back.

Finally, one last stretch that you can try is just a “slight twist.” Of course, this is not a dance move, and it’s a stretch that should be tried with a bit of caution. You start off with you back flat against the ground and your knees up (again). While keeping your back and upper body straight on the ground, let your knees gently fall to one side. Stay in this position for between 10 and 30 seconds for best results. Do this stretch three times for both directions. Do not try this exercise if you have disc problems as it can make things worse.

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Thomas Gracie is a former physical therapist turned adjunct professor. He is currently charged with teaching students physical therapy techniques in order to obtain their certifications as such.


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Treating Your Upper Back With Thumper VMTX- How To

Dr. Mohsen Kazemi, DC shows you how to treat your upper back with Thumper’s VMTX massager.

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Does Your Child’s Backpack cause them Back Pain?

It’s almost school time and does your child have everything they need? Kids heading back to school need backpacks and backpacks can cause pain if too heavy. Make sure your childs spine is protected this fall when he/she returns to school. Read more to find some iips on how to wear backpacks the right way.


Read more: Does Your Child’s Backpack Make the Grade? | The Blog of Franson Chiropractic

Quick Tips on Healthy Gardening!

There’s nothing like heading into your yard on a warm spring day! “Gardening can be great for reducing stress”, says Alexis Colvin MD. Gardening gets you out in the fresh air and sunshine and you get your daily dose of moderate exercise. By following the simple tips on gardening you can reduce bug bites and back pain. Read on to reveal the 8 tips on safe gardening!


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