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Love Your Purse But Hate the Pain? Try These Tips

By Virginia Laird

Carrying a purse or bag can prove to be difficult on the spine. The tug the back may feel as the purse is slung over the shoulder can cause pain. Living without a purse can be all but impossible for many. There are many tips that can help ease the pain and tension caused by purses and heavy bags, including:

  • Carry the bag in your hand
  • Keep the load light
  • Use bags with wide straps
  • Wear a fanny pack
  • Alternate sides

Carry the Bag in Your Hand

Instead of throwing the purse over your shoulder, try carrying it in your hand. This can help relieve tension it may place on the spine. Chiropractors recommend this way of carrying a purse for larger, more heavy loads.

Keep the Load Light

The most recommended tip from chiropractors is to keep the purse light. Rather than throwing everything you may need in the purse, put only the items you know will be needed. Leave the other items at home or in a separate bag. If it is too difficult to carry a large purse and keep it light, try switching to a smaller purse.

Use Bags with Wide Straps

Another great chiropractic hack is to find bags with wide straps. This can help distribute the weight of the bag. Heavier purses with thin straps can dig deep into the muscles. This can cause issues with the blood flow where the weight has landed.

Wear a Fanny Pack

Although fanny packs are not the least bit fashionable, they do offer a great deal of relief to the back. This bag is very small so it cannot be overpacked and heavy. It also places any weight it may have around the waist. This prevents pulling at the spine. This is a top chiropractic pick in the way of bags that can reduce back pain.

Alternate Sides

Alternating the side of the body that is feeling the tug of a heavy bag or purse can help to release tension in the back. This can also help prevent any restriction of the spine that can be caused by carrying too much for a long period.

Put these tips to the test to help your body cope with carrying the purse you love. For any more advice on how to help reduce back pain, visit The Joint Chiropractic in your neighborhood.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Midlothian, Va.

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