Big bags are not only a fashion statement, they are a requirement in order to lug all the items needed throughout your life. Whether it’s full of school books, baby supplies, laptops, makeup bags and everything in-between. It’s something that you carry daily and never take into consideration for being the root cause of the nagging pain in your back.
What happens when you carry a big heavy purse?
One of the consequences of carrying a shoulder bag is that it interferes with your normal/natural walking gait. When you place a handbag on one side of your body, it means your arm on that side cannot swing, which throws off your natural balance and disturbs your gait.
When you carry a purse on one side of your body, it creates an asymmetric load. Most people tend to carry their purse on their side of dominance. This can cause the muscles in your dominant side to become bigger, which throws off your posture. When your posture is compromised, the muscles in your spine compensate for the weight which can cause pressure to be put on the vertebrae of your neck and spine.
Forcing your muscles to do all this heavy lifting regularly can cause tension headaches. When the muscles in your shoulder and neck area spasm, it can cause pain in the back of your skull that radiates around to the front.
How can you fix the issue?