You can get back pain, neck pain or shoulder pain relief by changing what you carry around in your large purse. The fact is that most of us carry far too much in our bags these days – laptops, iPads, phones, makeup, wallets, personal hygiene items, books, documents, water bottles, snacks and the list goes on! This additional weight is destroying our backs. The contemporary woman loves to carry a large purse, but the truth is that bigger bags result in heavier loads!
Sure, we want to be prepared for every event. But the “just-in-case” mindset comes with a hefty price. Heavy oversized bags carry a serious risk of injury. The combination of the weight of the bag against your muscles, tendons, nerves, and ligaments, plus the compensating shift in your posture you make to carry the heavy load, can lead to back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, pain in your buttocks, headaches and general body aches, especially if your upper-body muscles are already weak or tight. Over time, you could experience more severe nerve trauma or even degenerative joint disease, all due to injuries caused by carrying a bag that is too heavy.
If you lug around a large purse that is too heavy, you will probably end up with a sore shoulders, sore neck, sore back and/or sore arms. This is because the trapezius muscles in the upper back and the cervical para-spinal muscles in the neck become strained from carrying a heavy weight in one position over time.
First, the weight pulls on the network of nerves that can cause aching or shooting pain from the neck down the arm. Furthermore, every time you throw your heavy large purse over your shoulder, the upper back muscles that support the shoulder blade must fight to counterbalance that weight; sooner or later they get overworked and painful. And the symptoms don’t stop there, because if you load, say, 10 extra pounds onto one side of the body, and it can cause the trunk to tilt sideways to compensate, adding lower-back pain to the list of pains.
The pressure on the muscles in the back of the head and shoulders can cause symptoms such as:
1. Upper neck, shoulder and back pain
2. Poor posture
3. Muscle spasms
4. Sciatica (including nerve pain in the buttocks and down the legs)
5. Tendinitis of the elbow
6. Injury to the rotator cuff muscles in the shoulder
7. Tension headaches
8. Numbness or tingling in the arms, hands or fingers due to pinched nerves
9. Lower back pain
Over time you can end up with an increased risk of Scoliosis which is defined also as curvature of the spine; Kyphosis, also known as hunchback especially in women with weak bones; painful osteoarthritis; and/or full-blown degenerative joint disease in the shoulders.
According to specialist, Dr. Erickson, the reasons that your heavy large purse causes all these horrible symptoms is because:
1. Your natural gait is thrown off. Your gait is the way your arms and legs swing when you walk naturally. It keeps your body balanced. But if you put a heavy large purse on one side of your body, your arm on that side can’t swing properly and your other arm has to swing more.