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Heavy Purses and Bags Can Cause Back Strain

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Dr. Ernest Levister, Jr.
Dear Dr. Levister:  I’ve read carrying a heavy purse can cause back problems. Is that true?


Dear M.T.:  Strain to the body from carrying bags that are too heavy may lead to health complications including muscle spasms; pain in the back, neck or joints; sprains or strains; and even headaches. Health professionals recommend carrying lighter loads and using backpacks instead of single-strap bags, such as messenger bags or large purses.

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

·         Heavy bags place unhealthy pressure on the neck or shoulder, which often leads to upper back problems, especially over time.

·         Good practices can reduce strain on the body http://www.naturalnews.com/posture.html posture, with the head and shoulders held upright, is one of the best ways to protect against muscle and nerve damage.

·         Heavier objects should be placed near the bottom and rear of bags. Children should carry less than 15 percent of their body weight in backpacks.

Adults using single-strap bags, such as messenger bags and purses, should not carry more than 10 percent of their weight.

·         Moving a single-strap bag from shoulder to shoulder or switching between different bags also can help stave off “http://www.naturalnews.com/health_problems.html health problems.

·         Tip: Two straps are better than one!

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0 # Guest 2011-05-06 14:53
Your back problems can be avoided if you would use a smaller light purse, or even shoulder straps. your bag weighs a ton.... Love Mom

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