Bags and Back Pain

September 14, 2018

Could your back pain be caused by carrying a heavy bag? If you can’t go a day without bringing your items with you, you may feel as if you’re going to always have to deal with the pain. Or, are there tricks to carrying your bag differently?

You can avoid shoulder, back, and neck pain by making smart choices about the types of purses or bags you carry every day. Most people tend to carry their bags on the same side of their bodies each time they need to carry something. Sometimes simply switching sides can make a big difference.

Certain sources suggest carrying no more than 10% of your body weight in your bag. So, if you weigh 100lbs it’s best to carry no more than 10lbs at a time and make sure to switch sides! You may also consider looking through your bag once a month to get rid of things that you may have thrown in there but don’t really need which will help to lessen the amount of weight.

If you’re looking for even more relief, consider a messenger bag with a thick strap which can be worn across the shoulders to more evenly distribute the weight with less pain. These small changes can make a big difference in your daily life and you may soon be saying ‘so long’ to back pain!