Are You Suffering from “Poshitis”?

poshitisDid you know the way you carry your purse affects you more than you may think? Neck pain, shoulder pain, and with recent trends, even tennis elbow are being linked to heavy handbags.

The latest heavy-handbag syndrome, Poshitis, is a term coined by doctors to describe the muscle and ligament damage that can result from carrying your bag in the crook of your arm like fashion designer Victoria Beckham (aka, Posh Spice of the ’90s British pop group the Spice Girls).

Elbows are designed to be moving joints, not purse hooks. And especially not hooks for over-sized bags filled to the brim. In fact, doctors say carrying bags that weigh more than 5 lbs can be hazardous to your health.

Pretty doesn’t have to be painful! Here are some tips on choosing the right bags and avoiding a pain in the neck, or elbow.

  • Choose wider straps. Wider straps help distribute weight more evenly and reduce concentrated stress on one area.
  • Lighten your load. Clean out your purse frequently and leave the non-essentials at home.
  • Change positions. Something as simple as switching shoulders regularly can help even things out and reduce stress to one side of your body.
  • Consider a backpack or cross-body bag. But keep it close to your body, and don’t go overboard when filling it up. Even backpacks can cause chronic pain if not used properly. (Something to keep in mind as the kids return to school this fall!)
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