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How Your Daily Tote Can Shut Down Your Game

By Sandy Schroeder

Sometimes the simplest things create the biggest problems. Most of us have a life-sustaining tote that goes everywhere with us. We cram in everything we could possibly need to cover the day.

Extra shoes, glasses, notebooks, phones, cosmetics, and vitamins all go with us. Women make fashion statements with oversized totes, and guys choose equally cool bags. The problem occurs when the totes weigh too much and cause real pain. Chiropractors say more shoulder, neck and back pain complaints are being traced to handbags and totes.

Getting A Handle On Totes

The American Chiropractic Association recommends handbags or totes weigh no more than 10 percent of the owner’s body weight. One chiropractor suggests patients clean out their bags once a week and use all of the pockets to distribute weight evenly in the bag.

Another chiropractor suggests switching totes from side to side, or resorting to two smaller totes. Straps should sit near the neck.

People tend to raise one shoulder higher than the other, as they load up one shoulder with extra weight. Many are also talking on their phones, which adds to the problem.

Whatever we do to cut the weight of daily totes can reduce the risk of neck, back or shoulder pain.

How Your Chiropractor Can Help

Your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you can help you, your spouse, and your kids, sort through all of your health and wellness issues, including totes, backpacks, and summer travels.

The Joint’s licensed chiropractors help people of all ages find the best answers on a daily basis. Individuals find pain relief for a variety of issues. Pain in the back, neck, knees, ankles, feet, shoulders, hands and wrists can be caused by joint restrictions. A gentle spinal adjustment may be used to correct dysfunctions to improve spinal health. Pain relief and ongoing wellness may be achieved with more energy, better sleep and more alertness.

Weekly 15-minute adjustments may prove to be the best way to maintain these new benefits. At the same time, your chiropractor will monitor your health for any new developments to catch them before they have a chance to settle in.

The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you keeps everything simple. Affordable healthcare plans do not require insurance. Weekend and evening hours make visits convenient, and walk-in visits are welcome. No appointments are needed.

To learn more about your health and wellness, seeyour local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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