Are Your Favorite Bags Too Heavy?

Whether it's a handbag, a travel bag or a work bag, these accessories can cause more pain to your body than you think. There's nothing wrong with wanting to own a trendy bag, but the problem starts when we load them with our personal and work items. Tablet, laptop, wallet, cell phone, water bottle, makeup, maps and documents - to name a few.

Bearing extra weight on one side of your body can cause a lot of pain and stress on your body:

  • Continuous pain in the neck or shoulder, which may extend down the arm
  • Pulling of nerves causing pain from the neck to the upper arm
  • Overuse of upper back and shoulder muscles
  • Lateral tilting of the body to compensate for the weight on the other side.

Physio Go Clinic Can Help You

As physiotherapists, we want the best for your health. Our team offers you not only osteopathic services and treatments that will help you correct your posture, but also acupuncture and massage therapy to relieve your imbalance and muscle tension.

We can help you with:

1. Your posture: the ideal position is; relaxed shoulders and straight back without any inclination on both sides.

2. Your muscular strength and balance: Strengthening and exercising the muscles makes a big difference and prevents aches and pains.

3. Recommendations:

- Hanging Strap: If your bag has diagonal straps that cross your body, use it. These straps should distribute the weight better. If you carry your bag on one side, change your bag from one side to the other so you don't always use the same shoulder.

- A light bag: Carry as few accessories and items as possible, only your essentials. Vary the bags and the weight you carry.

- The best weight: your bag should not exceed 10% of your body weight. Avoid any bag weighing more than 5 pounds when empty.

- Avoid long straps: the bag will bump against your hip and may slide down your shoulder, causing you to bend your shoulder.

- Avoid oversized bags: you will be tempted to overload them.

Don't ignore any pain, as you could be on the precipice of injury. Frequent neck stiffness, headaches and pain radiating down the arm may develop. If you notice any of these symptoms, and if ice and rest do not help, contact our clinic immediately.

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