Being able to carry your office around with you can offer freedom and flexibility, depending on your point of view of course. However, carrying increasingly heavy bags does come at a risk to your posture and your back.
If you are finding yourself weighed down with bags, laptop cases and goodness knows what else on a daily basis then it may be time to take stock before doing too much damage to yourself.
Our chiropractor at the Spine & Joint Centre in Ealing offers this advice for keeping your posture and back safe:
- Check the contents: It’s surprising how much unnecessary stuff we carry around every day. Check the contents of the bags you carry around and remove any unnecessary objects. This should make your bags lighter!
- Distribute the weight evenly: Often problems arise due to the strain that uneven weight places on our body. Using a bag that distributes weight evenly across the back is always best. A rucksack is a good option, especially for carrying a laptop. However, it does need to be worn correctly. It must be carried on both shoulders and the straps are adjusted to keep the weight as close to your body as possible.
- Using a strap: If your bag/briefcase has a strap then use it provided it’s long enough. It should allow your bag to be worn as close to your body as possible. Preferably you will be able to wear the bag across your body with the strap over one shoulder and the bag under the other arm.
- Push rather than pull: Wheeled mini cases have become popular. If you use one then push it instead of pulling. This will put less strain on your back. Do make sure that the handle extends long enough to prevent you from stooping.
If you are suffering back pain then our chiropractors are here to help. Why not give us a call on 020 8900 9004 to book an appointment.