Carrying a bag around on a daily basis is essential for most, particularly as a convenient means to hold many items. Whether it be your gym bag, computer bag, briefcase, tote, or handbag, these necessities may be contributing to your physical pain.
Even your wallet can be causing you pain!
When carrying your bad for long periods of time, move your bag from shoulder to shoulder. This will avoid one shoulder having to strain itself the entire time. Depending on the bag you are using, you may be able to sit the strap diagonally across your body, which would also be ideal to avoid straining one shoulder over the other.
Avoid Thin Straps
A thicker strap distributes the weight of the bag evenly over your shoulder. Thin straps or 'chain' handles are likely to dig in to your shoulder, causing pain and irritation.
Using a smaller bag limits the amount of objects you can fit. This is more desirable than carrying a larger bag, which can fit more, resulting in a much heavier bag. You may even consider using a clutch which will allow minimal objects. Just be mindful that you should alternate hands used to carry it.
Consider Other Bag Styles
Different decorations or fabrics can add to the weight of your bag. Consider shopping around for a bag that feels lighter in weight. It's also important to consider the placement of inner compartments. If they are distributed evenly around the bag, this will avoid one heavy load.
Consider A Backpack
A backpack, or a bag with evenly distributed straps, is always preferable to avoid straining one side of your body. In saying that, it is also important that backpacks are worn appropriately. Using both straps, keep the back of the backpack against your back. When packing your backpack, heavier items should be placed so that they are closest to your back when wearing your bag. Don't let the backpack fall loose, so it ends up hanging toward your bottom.
These tips are also important to consider with your children's schoolbags. Click here to discover more about the effects your child may be experiencing as a result of a heavy or inappropriately worn schoolbag. You may also find some useful information for yourself.
Empty Your Bag Regularly
Clean out your bag on a regular basis, and only leave items in your bag that you need for the day, as opposed to carrying around extra items that do nothing but add to the weight of your bag. If you require many items or heavy items, and cleaning out your bag doesn't help, perhaps consider investing in a carry bag with wheels.
When carrying a bag, never use the crook of your arms! If you're resting your bag strap over your shoulder, do not ever raise your shoulder to accommodate slipping straps. You may wish to consider using your hands to hold your bag, being sure to alternate between hands regularly.
As mentioned earlier, aches and pains from carrying around a bag can be felt throughout the body in various ways.
In addition to the solutions provided above, visiting your Myotherapist can also help alleviate some of the unpleasant symptoms experienced with carting around your belongings all day.
So why not do the same with your body? Your body cannot be replaced, but can certainly be maintained and improved for optimal wellbeing and health. Regular maintenance with your Myotherapist can give you better quality of life and long term pain relief. If left untreated for long enough, you'll be burdened with significant pain, restriction, loss of muscle tone, stiffness, sleepless nights, and eventually increased costs associated with a poorly maintained body. This can be avoided by having regular treatments with your Myotherapist which is not a luxury but a necessity of LIFE.
Your Myotherapist can decrease the pressure in your muscles and loosen those stiff joints that can cause debilitating pain such as arthritis and many more.
Why not not call your body mechanic (myotherapist) now for a service and reap in ALL the benefits today.
Now that spring/summer is in full swing, most of us want to be out enjoying the sunshine. For most people, the easiest way to do this is in the garden. While surrounding yourself with nature and nurturing the plants that grow around you can be relaxing and relieve stress, it can also come with the pain of the physical demand.
Below are some common ways that gardening can affect your body and cause you pain.
Overuse of the elbow joint causes small tears in the soft tissue, particularly where the tendon attaches to the bone. A tendon is a band of tissue that connects the muscle to the bone. Tears or inflammation of a tendon is referred to as tendinitis, and this can be experienced as an ache or pain the inner or outer elbow (referred to as elbow pain).
Do you suffer Elbow pain?
Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow are the two main injuries resulting in elbow pain, with tennis elbow being the most common. In fact, about 1 in 3% of people suffer from tennis or golfer’s elbow.
Symptoms of elbow pain include :
Tennis elbow is a term used to describe a condition where the outside of the elbow becomes painful by overuse of the arm, forearm, and hand muscles. When these muscles are used repeatedly, small tears may develop in the tendon. This eventually leads to discomfort or pain where the tendon is attached to the bone.
Middle aged people are more likely to get Tennis Elbow
Anyone can develop tennis elbow – you do not have to play tennis to get it. The term is named tennis elbow as the repetitive use of the elbow joint resemble the movement used when swinging a tennis racquet.
According to the virtual medical centre, middle-aged adults aged between 40 and 60 are more susceptible to tennis elbow, although it can affect anyone at any age.
Onset tends to be gradual
Some tips to prevent elbow injuries before they happen includes:
If symptoms persist consult your doctor or natural therapist (e.g., myotherapist)
Golfer’s elbow is a term used to describe pain and tenderness on the inner part of the elbow. Overusing the muscles in the forearm that allow you to grip, rotate your arm, and flex your wrist can form tears in the tendons, which cause pain and inflammation.
Golfers Elbow effects the inside of the elbow
Similarly to tennis elbow, anyone can get golfer’s elbow – not just those who play golf. It is named golfer’s elbow as the tendon involved in this injury is strained when motioning as if you were swinging a golf club.
Golfer’s elbow is most common in adults above the age of 35, although it can affect anyone at any age.
Lena Yammine and the dedicated team are the authors of the Inner Outer Health Blog.
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