Everyone has a little extra baggage. It’s a part of life … something that we pick up along the way. But, in this instance, we’re not talking about an ex-wife or mounds of unpaid debt. We’re talking about literal baggage. Heavy bags, loaded down purses, wallets that are bursting at the seams … unlike metaphorical baggage, which may or may not be harming your health, literal baggage is almost guaranteed to harm your health in one way or another, especially when it comes to the spine. Your spine is strong but delicate, and when we put too much pressure on it, it can cause significant problems. Take a look at these ways in which too much extra baggage might be causing your back pain, followed by what you can do about it.
Most Heavy Bags are Uneven
When you pick up a bag, do you do it with ease and care? Or do you throw it over one shoulder and keep going? Most likely, it’s the latter. We tend to hold bags over one shoulder, dragging down one side of our body, and placing all of the work on that side. This creates an imbalance in the body and spine, which can lead to pain on one side or the other, or even injury over a long period of time.
Heavy Bags Create Pressure
When we carry a heavy bag, we are literally placing pressure on our spines. The vertebrae in some areas compress upon themselves with the added weight. This can lead to injury, misalignments, and eventually pain. This pressure, if unchecked, may cause significant discomfort over time, and it may even get worse with the continued use of that heavy bag.
How to Correct the Problem
If you want to continue to carry around your bags without harming your back, use these simple tips:
Unload – If something is not necessary, take it out of your bag. Don’t carry around what is not needed.
Balance It – This is easy with backpacks. Distribute the weight by using both straps. If your bag doesn’t have two straps, switch from arm to arm often.
Get Chiropractic Care – The truth is that a bag is often necessary. To help negate any bad side effects, make chiropractic care a part of your normal routine. A chiropractor can search for misalignments, correct them, and help keep your back in better condition, which may contribute to less pain and discomfort.
Where to Go for Care
If you would like to try chiropractic care, get to The Joint Chiropractic. Chiropractors here want you to feel your best; to make it easier, they offer walk-in visits and an affordable pricing plan. Some minor adjustments can make a big dent in the health and wellness of your back. Get to The Joint for optimal spinal health and a positive change in your long-term healthy lifestyle.
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