Managing Bag Weight

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Daily Habits Have Long-term Consequences

As our lives become busier and busier, we tend to forget about the little inconveniences such as a heavy bag or purse. These small annoyances eventually blend into our lives as tolerable inconveniences. Grabbing a backpack and slinging it over your shoulder as you head out the door has become a natural routine. However, many do not realize the potential long-term harm that can result from constantly carrying around a weighted object improperly.

The Wrong Way to Carry a Bag

Whether we are coming from the gym, hiking a trail, or engaging in a regular workday, you are most likely holding a bag, backpack or purse of some sort. Unfortunately, carrying a bag on one shoulder has become commonplace for both style and convenience.  By doing this, they are essentially letting one side of the body do all of the heavy lifting for hours on end.

As you probably guessed, this can have a major effect on the structure of your body long term. Having the weight distributed on one shoulder and not the other shoulder forces all the weight onto one side of your spine and forces your body to work harder. With multiple pounds of pressure pushing down on one side of your body, walking with proper posture is nearly impossible without overworking the muscles on the opposite side.

A clear example of how your body has to adjust for this position is by dipping the affected hip and shoulder and shifting the weight to the opposite side to compensate. This creates an unnatural position that leads to muscle aches and a degenerating spine.

You may not even realize your spine is out of alignment, but you will more than likely notice some of the resulting side effects which can, and often do, occur. Headaches, insomnia, anxiety, depression, joint pain, digestive issues and chronic fatigue are just some of the many ways in which your body may be telling you that you have a vertebra out of alignment. This is because the body is thrown off balance and must work harder to compensate for spinal misalignments, not to mention that the central nervous system is unable to perform to the best of its ability. Chiropractic care and natural health therapies can help your body heal itself and allow your body to return back to balance.

The Right Way to Carry a Bag

To combat this, we suggest making the simple change of carrying a backpack on both shoulders, rather than on one side. If you carry a heavy purse or laptop bag, try slinging the bag across your chest so the weight is centralized on your body.

As Dr. David Tolk explains in the video above, you can make simple changes to your daily life and relieve your body from chronic aches and stiffness. However, if you are currently experiencing any of the following symptoms as lower backaches, stiff neck, frozen shoulder, migraines or hip problems, it may be due to a misalignment of the spine or interference in the nervous system.  

How can you find relief from these symptoms? Dr. Tolk recommends first having patients come in for a full body check up which includes chiropractic for back pain, neck pain and other affected areas of the body. Chiropractic techniques are safe, non-invasive and unique to each person.  In addition, Dr. Tolk utilizes the most advanced and effective chiropractic tools, such as cold lasers, to quickly examine every nerve affected or weakened by an imbalance in the body.

Check out the above video to learn more about how you can make these simple changes to your daily life and relieve your body from chronic aches and stiffness.  For more information about how our chiropractic and natural wellness services can help you feel your best, contact us at (860) 651-3521.