My Neck, My Back: Ways Your Heavy Purse Could Impede Upon Your Health
Cell phone? Check. Wallet, keys, makeup bag? Triple check. Might as well throw in this hardcover book, my chargers, a bottle of water and, ooh, a little snack. What else, what else…?
Any of that sound familiar? If the contents of your purse go far beyond the key essentials, especially if you own an oversized bag, chances are you’re carrying excessive weight. A couple of extra pounds can lead to unnecessary health complications. If you experience any of the following, consider lightening your purse load, using a smaller bag altogether (or one with wider straps), or alternating use between different sized purses (as well as rotating your bag from shoulder to shoulder). Your body will thank you for it.
Lower Back Pain
The American Chiropractic Association recommends that women carry no more than 10 percent of their body weight. But if you do carry more weight in your purse, your lower back is one of the areas that can suffer.
Pain In My Neck
Carrying heavy weight can put a lot of strain on your neck, which can lead to stiffness.
Over a long period, you can develop arthritis in the facet joints from lugging a heavy purse.
If you’re carrying a purse and texting at the same time, which means looking down at your phone for an extended period, your neck can lose its natural curvature over time.
Sit Up Straight
Most women carry a purse on their dominant side. And if that bag is heavy, not only can it cause your shoulders and back to hunch over, it can cause one shoulder to be higher than the other.
Did You Always Walk Like That?
Carrying a heavy bag can encumber your normal gait. What does that mean, exactly? Walking at a slower pace, limited arm movement, leaning to your right or left. All of this can lead to an imbalance that can affect your body over time.
Believe it or not, lugging around a heavy purse can cause tension headaches. The pressure on your shoulder muscles radiates up the back of your neck and into your skull.
You’ve heard of tennis elbow and pitcher’s shoulder. Well, a heavy purse can cause your tendons, particularly in the shoulders, to inflame.
Your neck, your shoulders, your back. These parts of your body can spasm if they are overworked, stiffened or fatigued due to excessive weight.
Thanks to pinched nerves, you can experience numbing or tingling in your hands, fingers or arms.