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Can purses cause back pain?

Updated on November 7, 2008

Don't let your purse cause you health complications

It seems there is never enough room in our purses no matter how much bigger they get. Us moms carry everything from bandaids to sunscreen, baby wipes, Advil, dental floss, sunglasses, makeup, perfume, Benadryl, cell phone to every receipt we've gotten since last Christmas.

What a lot of us don't realize is that too much strain to the body from carrying purses that are too heavy can lead to health complications. Some of these complications include but are not limited to : - muscle spasms - pain in the back, neck or joints - sprains or strains - headaches. Health professionals recommend we carry lighter loads and try using backpacks instead of single-strap purses.

What we need to be aware of.

**The muscles in our neck and shoulder run up to our head, while the nerves in our neck run all the way down our arms. This means that a strain applied at one point can have effects throughout the body.

**Heavy purses place un-healthy pressure on our neck or shoulder. This often leads to upper back problems, more so over a long period of time.

**Good practices can reduce strain on our body. Correct posture, with our head and shoulders held upright, is one of the best ways to help us protect against muscle and nerve damage.

**We should place heavier items near the bottom or rear of our purses. When we carry single-strap purses we should not carry more than 10 percent of our weight. ***Our children should not carry more than 15% of their weight in their backpacks. ( Nip back pain in the bud before it starts! )

**Rotating a single-strap purse from shoulder to shoulder or switching between different purses can also help to prevent health problems.

The next time you are purse shopping and see that suit-case of a purse that is too cute and is actually on sale, don't think, "OMG I can cram so much stuff in this purse!" Think, "Wow, someone else is going to get back pain, but not me."


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      eve 6 years ago


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      charlotte chiropractor kinesiology 8 years ago

      The purse is the adult version of the kids bookbags! The can be detrimental to your posture and spinal alignment.

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      toni and chelsea 9 years ago

      i carry lots of things in my purse like kitty lotion. for my kitty. we love this website its freasking great. your awesome keep up the good work

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      gabriella05 10 years ago from Oldham

      Like it great hub