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The Worst Bags- Handbags Ruin Shoulder and Neck?

Neck, Spine, Blog, Shoulder, / By Koh Peh Chia

As a lady, I understand why women we like to carry big bag to stuff all our stuff in. Big bags generally cause us in carrying much more stuff than necessary (Things like makeup stuff, purse, hand sanitizer, keys, tissues, water bottle, umbrella etc). However, it’s really sad news for our body especially with the increasing weight of handbags nowadays. Today, we will share how heavy handbags kill your body and reveal which bags are the best and worst for our body. 

How Handbags Kill my Back?

Indeed, many women’s handbags are getting much heavier today.  It also becomes one of the common problems as there is an increasing number of women suffering long-term neck pain, shoulder pain, and back pain from carrying heavy handbags. Below are the possible conditions if you prolonged carry heavy handbags:

  1. uneven shoulders
  2. stiff neck
  3. misalignment of spine
  4. muscle strain on back
  5. difficulty in breathing
  6. tension headache 

Best to Worst Bags for Us

Best: Backpack

Backpack is the most common bag we use since childhood. It is usually carried using two straps, spreading the weight across the back. It is known as the best bags for us as the spreading of the weight is distributed across the shoulders and back, lowering the chance of sprain.  

Check here to know how to use backpack pain free.

Laptop bag

Laptop bag can be the culprit of your back pain due to the heavy weight of laptop and its accessories. Carrying it for longer periods of time one side causes stress and strain due to muscle imbalance on spine and shoulders.

Worst: Shoulder bag/ Sling bag or Handbags

Handbag is a fashion but also a silent killer to your back. Carrying a heavy shoulder bag on the same shoulder for prolonged periods of time can lead to long-term damage (like stress or strain) to our neck, shoulder and back. Uneven or lopsided shoulders is the common scene you can see when people using heavy shoulder bags. Thus, it is important to keep switching the bag on either side from time to time to prevent strain across your spine and shoulders. 

3 Simple Exercises to Save Your Neck and Shoulders

Neck Stretch

  1. Turn your head slightly toward the direction you will be stretching and tilt your head diagonally toward your chest and hold for 30 seconds.
  2. If you would like a little added stretch, use your hand to pull your head forward gently and steadily on the diagonal.
  3. Repeat 3 times toward each side.

Chest Stretch

  1. Bend your right elbow at a 90-degree angle. Then, place your right forearm against the corner of the wall.
  2. Gently press into your right forearm as you lean your left side into the open space of the doorway or room to feel a stretch in your right chest.
  3. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 3 times on the other side.

Shoulder Blade Squeeze

  1. Sit on a chair with your back straight and your arms to your side.
  2. Arms should be at a 90-degree angle.
  3. Then, slowly move your arms backwards so your shoulder blades squeeze together.
  4. Return to starting position and repeat 10 times for 3 sets.

In Elevate Physiotherapy, our Signature Sports Massage can effectively help you in relaxing your muscle tension. Check on below video to know how we treat your shoulders. 

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