Purse Overload

Posted on : August 7, 2017

 

Women are very dependent on their purses. They carry everything from mints to their tablets. It’s fine to want everything with you at all times, but what are the long-term effects from toting around all that literal baggage?

Off-Setting Your Balance

If you have a bag that usually sits on one shoulder, then chances are, you’re throwing your body off balance. Your body will be slanted in one direction the entire time you’re carrying that heavy bag. Even if you think balancing¬†the bag on the crook of your elbow will solve your problems then, you’re wrong.

Weight should always be evenly distributed on your body. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you’re supposed to fetch around a second bag. Just consider the weight and how it will impact the natural sway of how your body.

Muscle Tightness

Your muscle tenses up within the shoulder that carries your purse. You are trying to maintain the balance of the purse strap on your shoulder and that causes your upper back, neck area and shoulder to become stiff and agitated. There have been reports that people develop arthritis within their neck and lower neck because of heavy purses.

Headaches

That headache that you think is coming on because of stress is not what you think. Through the spasms that your muscles are going through to lift the weight, you will most likely develop a tension headache. You may experience the headache radiating from the rear of your skull to the front.

Our Advice

  • Lessen your load and learn to carry around what you absolutely need. Select a bag that offers a wider strap to help distribute weight over a wider area of your shoulder so that you aren’t placing too much of the weight in the delicate nerve areas of the neck and arm.
  • Select a bag that offers a wider strap to help distribute weight over a wider area of your shoulder so that you aren’t placing too much of the weight in the delicate nerve areas of the neck and arm.
  • Go for a smaller bag because smaller bags will mean less weight to carry around
  • Switch shoulders after a certain amount of time so that you’re not concentrating all of the weight on one shoulder.
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