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Handbags Can be Hazardous to your Health

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Neck, shoulder and back problems can arise when you lug around those huge heavy handbags that are indeed practical and have everything you need for the day. Messenger bags, which I personally love, fall into this category because they are a combination of a briefcase and a handbag, with a heavy strap, and several compartments which make them so functional. But alas, they too are apparently not so good for your anatomy.

A physical therapist, William Case says, an aggravated neck or shoulder may lead to upper back problems. He believes designers should "place a cute, educational caution tag on all bags to inform of potential neck and shoulder dangers."

A good recommendation he offers is to make sure your head and shoulders are aligned upright whilst carrying those big purses. Case said, children should carry no more than 10-15 percent of their body weight while wearing backpacks, which happen to very good at distributing the weight.

Many women across the globe carry heavy loads on their heads and maintain good posture in order to do so. The health experts in this Yahoo news article, where all this information was found, believe the real culprit is the one shoulder method of carrying heavy loads because this causes a great imbalance.

So try lightening the load or getting a smaller purse. You might even want to consider a very trendy backpack.

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