How To Carry Off a Look Without Painful Penalties
All of us are on the move, and frequently use a variety of packs and totes to keep our lives together. But sometimes the sheer number and size of our packs may challenge our backs and create a whole new set of problems.
The American Chiropractic Association says we all tend to carry too many things in one bag or case, ignoring the health risks that come with the extra load. Carrying a bag with a weight that is more than 10 percent of body weight creates an imbalance.
Then if all of the weight is supported with one shoulder the body is totally out of balance. The person carrying the bag will hike one shoulder to instinctively guard against the weight, keeping the other shoulder immobile. Then the spine curves toward the shoulder. Pain often becomes the inevitable result.
Fat wallets jammed with cards and ID’s can also create problems if we wind up sitting on them and again throwing the body out of balance.
To protect your back and your body choose packs with wide adjustable straps. Ideally the strap should be long enough to place over the head. When carrying packs switch sides frequently. Also, unload and repack before trips to avoid carrying unnecessary weight. And whenever possible use two totes, dividing the weight and carrying one on each shoulder.
Wherever you are headed, around the corner or around the world, keeping your totes under control will make traveling a lot more comfortable.
Visiting the Chiropractor
Before you travel, or if you are having back or shoulder pain see the chiropractor now for solutions. A visit to the chiropractor starts with a spinal manipulation to evaluate spinal health and pain. Then a complete medical history and discussion of the problem follows as the chiropractor seeks to find solutions for pain and ways to regain activities without using medications or surgery.
The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research recommends sufferers of low back pain use spinal manipulation as a safe, effective drugless form of professional treatment.
As treatment progresses, the chiropractor will advise staying active, and doing stretching exercises throughout the day. All of the safe ways to use totes will be reviewed and there might also be recommendations to maintain proper posture, maintain a good weight, and lift heavy objects safely. Advice to stop smoking and avoid slouching in long fixed computer positions may also come up.
Overall, the chiropractor can be counted on to come up with safe ways to carry off the best look and the most comfortable lifestyle.
Make an appointment now and find out more.