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Your Purse: A Weighty Issue

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Your Purse: A Weighty Issue
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If you are one of the many women who insist on carrying the whole world on her shoulder, there may be help. We know how important it is in our fast paced lives to be prepared for everything. That is exactly the reason we fill our purses daily with band-aids, sippy cups, hair brushes, lotions, pens, cell phones, and anything else we can cram in one of those hidden compartments.

We are so busy preparing for the day that we often forget the back and neck pain that can be brought on from lugging a heavy bag around all day. Dr. Jane Sadler weighed in on the issue in a news report issued by the Baylor Health Care System.

She spoke about the patients who come in to her office complaining of neck pain and headaches. Dr. Sadler said, “What I usually do is look for their purse and pick it up. We take it over to the scale and weigh it and usually they’re anywhere from 7 to 10 pounds.” (Think of it as the equivalent of carrying a small baby or watermelon around all day on one shoulder.)

So, what can we do to lighten our load? The folks at O Magazine recently interviewed chiropractor Isis M. Medina to find out just that. Here are a few of the tips Medina offered to relieve women of pain from a purse:

? Do not carry a bag that is more than 10 percent of your body weight. A bag more than five pounds when empty is a bad start.
? Avoid long straps because they tend to tug you to one side in a C shape, with the purse bumping at your hip.
? Try the purse on to test for comfort before you make a purchase.

What do you think of these tips to lessen the pain caused from a heavy purse?

Are you or have you ever been guilty of carrying an oversized overweight bag?

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  • tweetyj By tweetyj

    My purse always starts out a decent weight, but I always end up with so much in it that I can't zip/close it sometimes! I'm gonna have to do better about picking out the things that are absolutely neccessary to have with me. I appreciate that guidelines given above. They will give me a goal to work towards.

  • MBenita By MBenita

    Mrs Hambone hit the nail on the head! Change is heavy! I too am a member of this club. I've learned to carry just my wallet adn cell phone (of course, the requisite lip gloss) in my purse and everything else in a tote bag.

  • sillycat By sillycat

    well i am guilty of this all the way. i carry everything but the kitchen sink in my purse. whats funny is the normal things you would put in a purse are hardly ever in your purse. well i have just started to carry only a coin purse on my keyring and that sure has been a great move. i havent missed my purse since. only when going out now i carry a purse.

  • weldooo By weldooo

    I decided to take away my purse altogether. (Granted I have a diaper bag which is where I store most things.) As stated by others, if I have a purse, I fill it! Not having one seems to simplify what I really neeed to bring for myself. The only time I carry one is for a special occasion and then I take a really small one...

  • gracem By gracem

    I got a Palm Treo that doubles as a calendar for everything from meetings to birthdays and a phone. It also allows me to go to the internet and has GPS. So now I only carry a small wallet, my phone that does it all, some gum and some lotion. I do not write checks anymore I use a debit card instead.

  • sharman421 By sharman421

    Two years ago I went small. All the handbags were very small and matched every outfit. But then they came out with these great looking large handbags again. No matter what size handbag I use, I will put in it whatever fits! So, it's true, a large handbag with a long strap and my shoulders and neck will be hurting for days. The designers need to make handbags on wheels, just like those book bags and suitcases, fashionable!

  • mrs_hambone By mrs_hambone

    I probably have a hundred purses... and am constantly switching them out. Just recently I desided to buy the perfect purse. Something small, but not too small, with the perfect pockets on the outside for my phone (I hate digging in the bottom for my phone). Here's what I put in it... my wallet (minus a lot of change, handfuls of change can add pounds to your purse), my cell phone, one lipstick/lipgloss, one chapstick, a pen, a small mirror, and a couple mints. No checkbook unless I'm on my way somewhere where I'll need it, I use my credit card or debit card instead of checks. Before I go out I check my purse for extra stuff I don't need... the lipstick that went with yesterdays's outfit, the change I dropped in the bottom last time, reciepts from the last shopping trip, ect. Go simple, it's a lot easier!

  • StaceyD By StaceyD

    Man! I carry an entire pharmacy in my purse, plus a phone, wallet, checkbook....I could keep going and going. I don't even have kids yet and I am doing this!

  • ArmyWife61 By ArmyWife61

    Oh boy, those sound familiar. I suffer from herniated disks and the first thing my physical therapist did was weigh my purse. I am guilty of carrying a purse that weighs about 15 pounds. I have tried everything to "lighten" the load but still can't seem to get the weight down. I am also guilty about carrying a purse with a long strap. MAN, what am I going to do? I need help in this area. Thanks for the tips, maybe I can try.

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