Is your heavy bag damaging your body?

What we carry can have a huge effect on our body, and different styles of bags can injure or strain our body in a variety of ways. The amount we put in our bags can also have a huge effect on our bodies and the more we carry, the more stress we put on our body.

Common symptoms that you may experience carrying a heavy bag:

  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Tight muscles on one or both sides around the neck and shoulders
  • Pain radiating down the arm due to nerve damage
  • Stiffness in spine, neck and shoulders
  • Overloaded shoulder bags worn on one side are the main culprit for the above problems. Research shows the best bags to use are rucksacks as the weight is more evenly distributed.

However, sometimes we would not want to use a rucksack. So ensure that you have regular massages, do stretches for your back and neck. Also carrying out a strengthening program. You could try not using a bag for a day, change sides you carry it on or carry a lighter bag.

  • Neck pain
  • Headcahes
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