In my office, I have been seeing an influx of women coming into the office complaining of neck, shoulder, back pain, and arm numbness. I go through my usual questions about activity, stress, trauma, etc, but in the back of my mind, I know the culprit – the excessively large handbag sitting on the floor next to them.
When I question them about their handbags, they often say, “oh it’s not that heavy” however when I lift it, it feels close to 7-10 lbs.
A brick of a wallet, extra clothes, water bottles, books, IPad, perhaps an umbrella, it’s no surprise that these bags are the source of many musculoskeletal health issues. Carrying a heavy bag, particularly on one shoulder can definitely affect movement.
I tweeted this article a couple weeks ago:
Bronfort, G, Evans R, et al., Spinal Manipulation, Medication, or Home Exercise With Advice for Acute and Subacute Neck Pain. Ann Intern Med, 2012; 156:1-10
[read full article here]
But articles can be a pain to read, so I thought I’d give a Cliff notes version as well as a link to a video from ABC news somewhat summarizing this article. Keep reading if you want to know more!
Please take 10 minutes out of your day to watch this visual lecture titled “23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?” by Dr. Mike Evans.
If you want to find out the answer…keep reading!
This video show some simple tips to avoid backache.
It’s just the little things that make a HUGE difference.