Is Your Handbag Affecting Your Health?

handbag 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.

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Meds, SMT, or Exercise? How to Best Treat Neck Pain

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!

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