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Chiropractic Advice for Bags of Various Styles

By Brandi Goodman

So many different bags exist that allow you to carry your belongings. Although they may be convenient in that respect, some are very inconvenient when it comes to how they feel on your body and the extra weight they bring. This can lead to some serious pain. Some chiropractic advice for various bag styles can help you use the fashion accessory as intended and avoid the discomfort that can sometimes come with it.


A backpack is meant to be worn over both shoulders. There are two straps included for a reason. Don't just throw the bag over one shoulder and call it good. You're going to have all of the weight from inside the backpack dragging your arm down and causing an ache in your shoulder, neck, and even back. You should also be sure to keep the backpack sitting higher on your back, between your shoulder blades. Don't let the weight sag it down to your lower back and pull on your arms. That will lead to discomfort as well. You should also be sure not to carry too much inside the bag. A lot of extra weight can throw your body off and make carrying it uncomfortable.

Messenger Bags

A messenger bag comes with just one strap. It is intended to be worn over one shoulder and down across to the opposite side. This helps with weight distribution to an extent, but it can still weigh down one side of your body more than the other, causing back problems. You need to switch the side your bag is on regularly so you don't experience a change in one side compared to the other.


A heavy purse over one shoulder also weighs down just one side of your body. You could feel discomfort on that entire side. You need to switch up the side you're carrying your purse on, and be sure it's a light amount to begin with. 

Bags can make life easier, but they can also bring pain. Make sure you're keeping these chiropractic tips in mind with every bag you carry so you can avoid discomfort. If you still experience an ache because of the bag you're carrying, be sure to stop in at one of the more than 600 Joint Chiropractic locations within the U.S. so you can receive an assessment and further guidance.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Austin, Tex.

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