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The right and wrong ways to carry a bag to avoid back, shoulder or neck pain

It may sound peculiar, but the first time a client with back pain, shoulder pain or neck pain visits us as chiropractors in Westminster, London and Kensington we are often able to spot one cause contributing to their problems. Plenty of people are damaging their well-being with the way they are carrying their bags. But, following our advice could make a massive difference in how you feel and likely keep you pain-free. 

And yes, there are many smart bags, even fashion brands out there fit for purpose, so you don’t have to look and feel like you are hiking.   

How Bad Can It Be?
You may not be carrying your bag in the best way, or you might be holding one that is too heavy for your back, neck, or shoulder. A lot of people do not put two and two together (or listen to advise from their chiropractor) because issues can manifest in several ways. You can experience issues including soreness or even back pain, neck pain or shoulder pain the day after and significant changes in your posture that may last for years. 

Through minute changes, you can alter your habits and better your health. Our team of chiropractors can definitely help you feel relieved of soreness and pain via joint and muscle stimulation. 

It might be time to invest in a decent, high-quality bag. This ideally means a backpack with two padded straps. While it may be easy to sling it onto one shoulder, utilizing both straps will help to evenly distribute the weight, and this can certainly help avoid back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain.

Bags that can be adjusted to your specific height and weight can also be beneficial to ensure it sits the correct way. When it comes to children, it is a necessity to be able to adjust the height and length of the straps as it needs to be able to change as they do. The weight should be close to your back rather than hanging down.

A backpack may not always be ideal, though. Therefore, if the bag in question only has one strap, be sure to change which shoulder it is on occasion to even it out. You can also wear the bag across your upper body. 

Do you need everything that is in your bag? It may be that you are packing for every eventuality or you never clear it out. If you take a look, you are sure to find things that are not necessary, or you only want on certain days. You should also be sure to put time aside to clear out things you may have collected in your bag. They may only be small, but they add up. Decluttering your bag might also help your mental state and make you feel less stressed and more relaxed generally.

For All Ages
With healthcare like chiropractic and muscle stimulation, there is no need to worry. Our methods are light and gentle yet effective. This makes it perfect for all ages and various needs. From pain relief to spinal alignments for the betterment of posture, and muscle stimulation, we will tailor an approach to help you as much as we can.


At Inc-Health, we love to hear from you if you experience any kind of joint or muscle pain. For more information working with our chiropractors in London, Westminster and Kensington contact us today on 020 7931 9572 or email info@inc-health.co.uk