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Prevent Back Pain By Choosing the Right Bag and Seeing a Chiropractor

Do you ever feel like you're lugging a million and one items around at any given time, and that all of these items happen to be in your bag? I know that I have definitely been guilty of having this problem. Up until pretty recently, I was always hauling around the items I deemed to be necessary in stylish yet flimsy tote bags, or cramming as many items as I could into a small shoulder bag that I'd have to switch between shoulders throughout the day in order to keep my arms from getting too sore or tired.

I finally decided to make the investment and buy a backpack, but even with that I still get the occasional back and shoulder ache from time to time. According to an article I recently came across from Everyday Health, more and more of us are experiencing both acute and chronic back pain from heavy bags and backpacks that we are carrying with us every day. Part of the problem seems to relate to the fact that we are all starting to carry more and more electronic devices around with us, which, even though they seem small individually, can really add up to add a lot of weight. This is why it is so important to start to take the necessary steps to lighten our loads, both figuratively as well as literally, by following a few tips and guidelines. 

You may find it easier to carry less stuff around with you if you trick your mind into thinking you have less space. Apparently, healthcare professionals have concluded that people will put less items into their bags if they are small in size. Whatever bag you do end up going with,make sure that both sides of your body are supporting its full weight. This means you should steer clear of shoulder bags with one strap, and opt for a crossbody messenger bag or a small backpack. Thick straps are also an ideal trait to look for when choosing your next bag, since they will better support your muscles.

If you are still experiencing back pain as a result of your busy lifestyle, you may want to consider a consultation appointment with a licensed doctor of chiropractic at The Joint location nearest you. No appointment is necessary, so you can simply walk in and speak with a chiropractor about your personal health concerns in order to start receiving pain relief on your terms.

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