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Carry a Heavy Bag? You Need These Chiropractic Tips!

By Sara Butler

Most people carry a bag, briefcase, or backpack in order to function in their daily lives. When they develop back, shoulder, or neck pain, they often don't associate it with their bags -- but that can be the biggest culprit. The chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic see many patients complaining of pain and determine that their bag or briefcase are adding to it. Here are some simple bag tips from the chiropractors at The Joint you can use to help keep your back and neck healthy.

Reduce the Load

How much does your bag weigh? The rule of thumb is that it shouldn't weigh more than 10 percent of your body weight. If it does, then you're asking for trouble. Carrying this amount of weight around for extended periods as well as not distributing the weight equally across your body can put a lot of strain on your body. Over time, this extra weight leads to joint dysfunctions and restrictions that then lead to discomfort and pain.

Get a Bag with Wheels

If you find yourself lugging around a bag for work, travel, or school, think about investing in a bag with wheels. This can help to reduce the strain on your back and your entire body, reducing the chance that you'll sustain an injury that leads to pain and discomfort.

Look at Your Shoes

If you're wearing footwear that isn't supportive, it'll only make the entire situation for your spine worse. You need to invest in shoes that fit properly, providing good arch support and shock absorption. You should also wear shoes with a low heel to help keep your posture proper throughout the day. Heels or ballet flats are not a good idea, especially if you're carrying a bag.

Clean It Out!

You don't really need that box of crayons in your bag, do you? Go through your bag periodically and get rid of non-essentials. Throw extra change, which can really weigh a bag down, into a jar and save it for a rainy day -- or to help pay for the therapy you need if you don't do something about that heavy bag! De-cluttering goes a long way in helping you to keep your bag at a manageable weight.

Don't let your bag drag you down and damage your spinal health. Talk to your chiropractor about ways you can care for your spine.

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

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