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Purses and Pain: 3 Things to Consider

By Virginia Laird

As you get dressed each morning it seems necessary to select the right bag or purse to throw all your necessities for the day in as you run out the door. However, chiropractors would advise against this habit. While a purse can be essential to help you keep all your items in one place, taking the time to choose one that will not add stress to your back and cause pain is best. Chiropractors add that you should plan ahead, rather than trying to grab one from your stockpile of them on the go. This can help you eliminate much of your unnecessary load. A few other reasons you need to consider your purse or bag when it comes to your back pain include:

  • Large purses can add stress to your spine 
  • A crossbody bag is best for the back 
  • Empty your purse daily to help control your load

Large Purses Can Add Stress to Your Spine

There is a great deal of truth to the idea that large purses can add stress to your spine. While the purse alone will not be too  much to handle, the load it carries can be. According to research, those who carry large purses and bags tend to load them up with many items that are not considered to be essential. Many admit to having a purse that is too heavy and uncomfortable to carry. Still, these same individuals feel it necessary to lug the heavy bag around all day. Chiropractors say that a heavy purse can tug at the spine and cause a great deal of stress and restriction. Consider trading your large purse for a smaller one to help you control the weight.

A Crossbody Bag is Best for the Back 

For those who prefer a larger bag, chiropractors encourage the use of a crossbody bag. These bags are designed to wear in a manner that helps distribute the weight, causing less stress and strain to the vertebrae. Even when you feel the need for a heavy load, a crossbody purse can help ease your pain. 

Empty Your Purse Daily to Help Control Your Load

One tip chiropractors encourage their patients to adhere to is to empty the purse or bag each night. While this seems silly and quite time consuming, it can help you eliminate the items you no longer need rather than simply piling more in the next day. If you commit to unloading your purse on a daily basis, you may find that your load becomes less burdensome and your back pain banished. 

If you are in need of more serious help with your pain management, consider dropping by The Joint Chiropractic in your community. There, you will meet with your chiropractor to determine the right plan tailored to meet your specific needs. With nearly 500 locations nationwide, locating one nearby should be simple. And with no appointment necessary, getting started on your routine care can be as simple as stopping by during your lunch. Don't hesitate, get started on your routine care today to help ease your pain.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Chandler, Ariz.

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