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Signs Your Wallet May Be Breaking Your Back

By Stephen R. Farris

Hey guys! Are you still carrying a wallet around in your back pocket? If so, you might want to reconsider this outdated habit that could be the root towards your lower back pain.

While it may be considered "manly" to tote around a wallet in your back pocket, there's nothing written in the "man code" that says you have to. While wallets have been around since ancient times, it has usually depended on clothing styles and popular trends as to the placement of a wallet on the man.

If you watch a lot of classic black and white movies, suits were more in style and guys usually carried their wallet inside their coat or vest pocket. If they needed quick access to their money, usually a clip holding the paper bills was carried in a front pocket.

When guys began to carry their wallet in their back pocket, they left themselves open for pickpockets. Guys that carry a wallet in their back pocket will more than likely develop some type of lower back problem, or feel pain in the hip, glutes, and legs.

The Real Problem

The problem with carrying a wallet in your back pocket is that -- in most cases -- guys carry (much like the ladies) everything in their wallet. For guys, this includes paper money, various receipts, driver's license, other licenses or forms of identification, credit cards, pictures of the family, even house and/or an extra car key. However, the real problem is when sitting with a wallet in the back pocket, your posture is uneven. This can cause contortion to the lumbar region, and if left unchecked over time, could cause further back problems and your nervous system.

Breaking the Habit

There are a few solutions if you decide to "break the habit" and ditch the wallet. Man purses (often referred to as a murse) are becoming more of a trend, especially in larger metropolitan areas. There's also the popular fanny pack or waist wallet. The fanny pack can be carried around your waist either in front or back. A waist wallet can also be worn in the same fashion, but it can also be used incognito by wearing it underneath your clothing. If you're tight on budget, simply carry your credit cards, money and identification in your front pocket.

Pain Relief

When your wallet starts to be a pain in your back, it's time to see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic. The licensed doctors of chiropractic you'll find at The Joint provide an all-natural, noninvasive, and non-addictive treatment therapy that won't break your wallet, or your budget. No appointment is necessary to get the pain treatment you deserve at any of The Joint's nationwide locations. Don't let your wallet stop you, get started today! 

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

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