Women’s handbags are getting heavier. With mobile technology increasing so is the weight of bags and carrying heavy bags isn’t restricted to women, nearly one in 10 men purchased a bag last year.
As a Chiropractor in North London I am increasingly seeing patients who are carrying heavy bags. Large bags can sometimes weigh up to 3kgs and that’s empty! Not only can the weight be a problem but the bag can become more awkward to carry.
This can lead to neck and shoulder strain for the carrier as well as having a long term effect on their posture. Poor posture in turn can often be the cause of back neck.
To avoid injuring yourself and causing long term postural problems, I advise you to follow the following tips:
- Check the content of your bag on a daily basis and only carry the essentials – this should keep the weight down. You may be surprised by what you are carrying around in your bag!
- Use a bag that has a long enough strap that will allow you to carry the bag across your body. This should ensure that the weight of the bag is as close to your body as possible.
- Check your posture when you are carrying the bag. Maintain a good posture and avoid hunching up your shoulders.
- Balance the contents in the bag and keep the weight of the bag evenly distributed across your body to avoid unnecessary strain and twisting of your body. Using a rucksack style bag is best of all – provided you carry it on both shoulders and the straps are adjusted so that the bag is close to your back.
- If you must use a shoulder bag, do not carry it on the same shoulder all the time – distribute the weight evenly.
Follow these tips to avoid injuries and strains. However, if you are suffering with pain or discomfort then why not call and make an appointment with us at Muswell Hill Chiropractic Clinic to find out how I as an experienced Chiropractor in North London can help you.