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Don't Let Fashion be Your Source of Pain

By Donna Stark

Most women do it at the end of the workday. In fact, we usually can’t wait and it’s often the very first thing we do after walking in the front door. We head to our closet and we change. We change out of our restrictive work clothes and into something soft and comfy. We toss our heels in exchange for soft, fluffy socks and we peel off our skinny jeans in favor of something a little roomier … like our old college sweats. It feels so good to be comfortable, doesn’t it? Yet so many women are willing to sacrifice that comfort in the name a good outfit. Sure, you can’t wear those fluffy socks or baggy sweatpants to work, but you can choose other options that aren’t as damaging to your health. Yep, you read that right. In addition to sacrificing comfort over style, you may also be sacrificing your health as well by putting your spine and shoulders at risk. And knowing these risks is very important.

The Right Accessory

It’s great to look and feel fabulous, but sitting on a couch or in your bed with a heating pad strapped to your body … well … maybe not looking very fabulous. So, avoid the negative impact on your back, neck, and shoulders by reconsidering some of the following fashion choices.

  • High heels - By altering the muscle pattern in your legs and hips, redistributing your weight, and impacting the alignment of the spine, high heels can cause significant issues and complications for your feet, legs, and back.
  • Flip-flops - With their lack of structure, flip-flops can cause foot pain and may actually alter your gait. This can lead to issues with your legs, knees, hips, and eventually, your spine as well.
  • Large handbags - Research shows that large, heavy handbags change our posture and puts undue stress on our shoulders and neck.
  • Skinny jeans - Skinny jeans can restrict movement and this may cause a person to move their body in ways that can strain their back. They can alter your gait and posture, and you are more likely to lift something incorrectly if you can’t bend your knees properly.

What You Can Do

You certainly don’t have to sell or donate all of your lovely shoes and bags. Instead, you should just vary what you wear and choose your outfits carefully. Go with the smaller heels, flats, or wedges on those days that you need to be on your feet for longer periods of time. Clean out your purse on a regular basis and be mindful of carrying items that are too heavy. And give your legs some breathing room a few days of the week.

All of these suggestions can help reduce the burden on your back, neck, and shoulders but none of them will take away any bit of your fabulousness!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in La Verne, Calif.

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