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If You Carry a Heavy Bag, the Chiropractor Can Help

By Paul Rothbart

The briefcase has been a staple accessory for business people for decades. There are always needed items to carry and they won't fit in pockets. Today, it seems almost everyone is carrying some type of bag or backpack. Laptops are accessories students and workers of all kinds have to carry around. Many people are health-conscious and carry water and healthy snacks. There are even those who carry work shoes in their bags so they can commute in comfy sneakers. People are carrying more things than ever and that can add up to a heavy bag. Excess weight can be tough on the back. 

Distribute the Load

Bags that are carried on one shoulder or in one hand place stress on only one side of the body. Over time, this can put an unnatural curve in your spine that can create problems and pain. A messenger-type bag that goes over your neck and has the strap lying diagonally across your body, thus distributing the load evenly. This will help you maintain a straight spine.

Use a Backpack

Backpacks were developed to carry heavy items, keep your hands free, and distribute the load safely. This is why military personnel worldwide use them. A backpack is a great option. It can put more of the load on your shoulder and off your spine while allowing you to keep your back straight. It is important to wear the backpack correctly. Adjust the straps to carry it high with the top of it at the base of your neck. Balance the load and don't make it heavier than you can comfortably carry.

Use a Wheeled Bag

If you have to carry a very heavy load, get a bag with wheels. Frequent travelers, such as pilots and flight attendants use these bags to spare their backs the strain of constant load carrying. The bags come in assorted sizes with adjustable handles. The wheels are durable and you can pull them pretty much anywhere.

See a Chiropractor

Being cautious about how you carry a bag is helpful but you may still experience back pain. Seeing a chiropractor can be one of the best ways to deal with that. Examinations locate any subluxations or other issues and they can then be adjusted. Your pain can be relieved and you're good to go.

Many people need to carry a load of things around during their busy days. Heavy bags can be hard on your back. Use these tips to help manage your load. Consider a visit to The Joint Chiropractic. You don't need an appointment. Seeing a chiropractor may be the final piece of the puzzle of a healthy back.

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

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