It may be convenient to carry the same bag everywhere you go. However, this approach eventually makes your bag heavier. Before you know it, your workout gear is being lugged around, or an extra pair of shoes you want to keep handy. Keep a separate bag for those occasional use items. Don’t carry water in your purse. Water does add weight. The same goes for coins. Periodically, removing some of the coins at the bottom of your bag will help in keeping the weight off your shoulders.
The American Chiropractic Association says the total weight of your bag should not be more than 10% of your body weight. I would add the caveat that it should not exceed 15 pounds regardless of your body weight.
It’s good to get into the habit of switching the side or shoulder where you carry your bag. This may initially require some active thought. Especially, if carrying the bag only on the comfortable side has become a bad habit that requires breaking.
Carrying the appropriately weighted and sized bag can help in preventing shoulder, neck and back pain. It could even reduce headaches. The trapizius muscles at the top of the shoulder go up the neck to the base of the skull, potentially creating the nasty tension headaches you feel at the back of your head.
There’s no reason you can’t look and feel good at the same time.
Your local Chiropractor,
at Main St. Chiropractic
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