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When Your Purse or Wallet Leads to Pain

By Stephen R. Farris

It can be painful having to tote a purse or carry a wallet with you all the time. No, I don't mean the kind of pain due to financial obligations, but the kind that deals with your shoulders, back and hips.

Ladies' purses could contain a number of items -- not including the kitchen sink -- besides the essentials like money, credit/debit cards and personal items, that can weigh it down more than normal, making it very stressful to the shoulder bones and joints in the upper body region.

Guys carry different size wallets, usually in their hip pocket. While they may not be full of cash, they usually have credit/debit cards, pictures of the girlfriend or wife and kids, and most likely a ton of receipts. It may not be enough to make it heavy per se, but it does created bulkiness that can lead to lower back or hip pain, and in certain instances, sciatic nerve pain.

There are ways to lighten that load in the purse and thin down those bulky wallets.

Checks and Balances

To start off, when you're home for the rest of the day/evening, ladies look through that purse or wallet (you too guys) and take out all the useless garbage that's been collecting in them or that has accumulated throughout the day. Not only will you have more room, it'll lighten the load or create less bulk, depending on which one you carry.

Go With Something Different

Prioritize what you really need to carry with you each day, then switch to something smaller. For ladies, this could be a smaller handbag or purse. For guys, carry a thinner build wallet, maybe switch it from your hip pocket to the front pocket. Fannie packs are great too and can hold a few extra items if needed, plus it is worn around the front or back of your hips. 

While purses and wallets are stylish and fashionable, ask yourself this; is it worth trading my health to be trendy? Definitely not!

And if you do experience any back, joint or muscle pain, pay a visit to your local chiropractor to see if they can help give you relief. They can examine you and suggest treatment options and for how long, plus they may have some useful advice and tips to better manage your healthy and active lifestyle goals.

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

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