How to Pain-Proof Your Purse

PurseLadies, drop your purses. Heavy handbags are just not worth the back pain problems. If you are one of the 80 percent of Americans who suffer from back pain, then your heavy shoulder bag may be to blame – here’s why and ways to fix the problem.

A heavy bag will throw off your natural stance and posture. Your body will work harder to keep the body balanced, even though there is a heavy bag on one of your shoulders. A heavy bag also keeps your arms and legs from swinging as they do naturally when you walk empty-handed. The end result is a spine that has to overcompensate, resulting in back pain, neck pain, and even headaches.

Thankfully, you don’t have to ditch your favorite handbag just yet. Here are some simple ways to prevent your purse-related back pain issues.

  1. Lighten Up: How much do you weigh? Don’t worry; you don’t have to say that number out loud. However, you do need to know your weight to know how much your handbag should weigh. Aim to carry a purse that only weighs 5 percent or less of your weight. This means that if you are a 140-pound woman, your bag should not be over seven pounds. Avoid purses with heavy studs and material to keep the weight of the bag down too.
  2. The Wider The Better: Forget purses with skinny straps. This will just make carrying your purse more painful. Women carry their purses in a delicate area of the shoulder, so a wider strap will help distribute the weight of the bag more evenly.
  3. Alternative Straps Also Work: Many purses come with the option of changing out the straps. This allows you to switch up the way you carry your bag. A shorter handle can allow you to carry your purse in your hand, while a longer strap can be worn for wearing your purse across your body. Both ways will give your shoulders a much-needed break.
  4. Find The Right Bag For Your Body: Women come in many different shapes and sizes, which is why would should search for the purse that is perfect for our unique style and body. You want to find a purse that allows your hips and shoulders to swing freely while you walk without bumping into them.

When you are always on the go, it can be hard to realize where your back pain and shoulder pain is stemming from. For most women, their purses are the main culprit. Try the four tips above and check back next week for even more tips on how to make your purse pain proof.


Remember to always consult your chiropractor or physician before taking any health advice.

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