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3 Fashion Pieces that Can Cause Back Pain

By Virginia Laird

Although the fashion industry only draws attention to the perks of strutting in style, there are some downfalls to the practice. In particular, there are three key pieces that can cause back pain.

  • Large totes and bags
  • High Heels
  • Backless Shoes

I will offer no words of discouragement about wearing or carrying these items as they happen to be some of my favorites. Obviously, only you can determine exactly how back pain affects your life. But it might be nice to head it off before it keeps you from your plans. Only you can determine if you will continue to put fashion above back pain or if you will add a routine visit to the chiropractor so that no sacrifice in looking stylish must take place.

Large Totes (and Bags) Can Be Heavy

The larger the bag, the more likely it is to be heavy. Heavy bags can cause stress on the spine. As you carry bags on one side or another, it can tug at your spine. The weight of a bag on the side of your body can cause you to overcorrect as you balance the weight. This is one sure way to assist your spine in movement that causes restricted function.

High Heels Cause Posture Problems

Posture is already one area that many people do not adhere to. Most of us sit with our shoulders slightly hunched forward. It takes a conscious effort to pull ourselves into correct posture. Adding high heels to the mix can only make things worse. Altering the natural standing position of your feet can cause your body to make adjustments in other areas in order to have the balance needed. The higher the heel the more likely you are to have pain in the back.

The Problem with Backless Shoes

Backless flat shoes are undoubtedly better for your spine and posture than heels. Still, they offer issues all on their own. Taking good care of your feet is one of the most important things you can do. Although backless shoes may offer some comfort, they offer little to no arch support. As your body accommodates the lack of arch support it can put stress on other areas making the changes. More often than not, the body makes alterations or compensations in the back. Not only can your spine be affected, but so can the muscles of the back.

Adding routine chiropractic visits can help you keep back pain caused by fashion to a minimum. Your chiropractor can also advise you on shoes, bags and other items that may be wreaking havoc on your spine.

To learn more about your health and wellness, visit your local The Joint Chiropractic.


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