Are Your Purses and Backpacks Causing you Pain?

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You probably don't give carrying around a heavy backpack, purse, or bag with you a second thought. However, that extra heavy baggage can cause your muscles to be off balance. The muscle tension accumulates and can eventually lead to spinal misalignment. Fortunately, we know what signs to look for:

TIGHT MUSCLES

The ligaments and tendons in your neck, back, and arms are all working to help you carry your bag around. Days, months, and years of hauling around a heavy bag can cause your spine to compress, which leads to chronic pain. Plus, prolonged pressure on your joints and back can lead to more serious problems. Try chiropractic before your pain becomes chronic!

ABNORMAL GAIT

Your gait may change just the slightest bit at first due to the added weight on your shoulder(s). You might be straining or shifting your weight unevenly to compensate for the added weight. Eventually, this abnormal gait can affect the spine, causing it to curve unnaturally. Fortunately, chiropractic adjustments can correct this, and prevent it from recurring.

BACK AND NECK PAIN

When you carry a purse, or sling your backpack over one shoulder, your body tries to compensate for the uneven weight distribution. This is accomplished by altering your posture. Your muscles work double time to compensate for the changes in weight and posture. Over time, this will lead to recurring back and neck pain.

FIND RELIEF AT WILLIAMSBURG CHIROPRACTIC

You may have noticed that each of these problems can be solved with the help of a chiropractor. If you can't avoid carrying around a heavy bag all day, call us to schedule an appointment!