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Chiropractors Share Their Bag Advice

By Lana Bandoim

Do you carry heavy bags every day and suffer from ongoing back pain? Chiropractors frequently encounter people who are carrying too much and hurting their backs. In addition, some people experience shoulder, neck and arm pain. Pay attention to these tips and change your bags.

Reduce the Weight

It can be tempting to fill a bag with papers, keys, electronic devices and other important items. You do not want to forget the wallet or receipts. However, the combination of all of these things can make a bag too heavy. Chiropractors mention that carrying extremely heavy bags can lead to muscle sprains and stress. You can injure the back, neck, shoulders and arms.

Switch Arms

Do you always carry a bag on the left arm or on the right arm? Chiropractors point out that switching arms is important. This can reduce stress on the muscles and joints. It can also help reduce the risk of injury and pain.  

Strengthen the Core and Back

Regular exercise can help strengthen the core and back muscles. Try to add more workouts to your schedule to make it easier to carry a heavy bag. Make sure to focus on the entire body while exercising but keep in mind that the core and back should not be ignored.

Divide the Heavy Items

It is easier to carry two smaller bags than one overstuffed bag. Try to divide heavy items between two bags or more. Separate electronic devices because they tend to be heavier and take up more space. Consider carrying two purses to work or while doing errands. Fill one with the essential items and keep the other one for things that are not always necessary.

See a Chiropractor

Chiropractors can find the sources of many injuries and prevent them from getting worse. They can also offer tips and advice to make carrying a bag easier. Do not ignore the pain and watch it get worse over time. Instead, see a chiropractor on a regular basis to maintain the joints and spinal health.

Instead of trying to carry everything in one bag, consider these tips and visit The Joint Chiropractic. The licensed professionals are ready to help people who carry too many things. They are also able to address a variety of other medical concerns. You do not need insurance to see a chiropractor at The Joint. In addition, the convenient locations stay open on weekends and evenings.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Portland, Ore.

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