Back Fact: Handbag

Some Some handbagpeople carry what seems like the world in their handbag.
Similar to carrying a heavy backpack, a heavy shoulder bag or
purse can injure your back, neck and shoulders. Hand and
shoulder bags also create poor posture by encouraging the carrier
to lean to one side. This affects posture, balance and movement.

Here are some helpful tips to protect your muscles from a heavy

Choosing a handbag

1. Choose a handbag that is proportionate to your body size and no larger than what is
needed. Your handbag should not weigh more than 10 per cent of your body weight
up to a maximum of 15 pounds.

2. The shoulder straps should be wide and adjustable. Ensure that the straps do not cut
into your shoulder. Shoulder straps that dig into the muscles, put pressure on the

3. If possible, select a strap that is long enough to place over your head so as to rest on
the shoulder opposite the handbag. This will help distribute the weight of the bag
more evenly.

4. Choose a handbag that has several individual pockets instead of one large
compartment. This will help to distribute the weight of the contents more evenly and
keep them from shifting.

Packing a handbag

1. Resist the urge to carry everything with you all day. Consider leaving less commonly
used items behind. Keep that heavy laptop out of your bag!

2. Change the size and weight of your wallet once in a while. You may also consider
one wallet for your work and a different one for when you go out, as you may need
different objects for both.

3. Ensure the weight is evenly distributed in the purse by using all the pockets.

If you have any questions about this blog or other blog entries, don’t hesitate to contact your Vancouver Chiropractors Dr. Tyler Hunsberger and Dr. Jerry Wright

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