Carrying a handbag, whether it be a handbag or a shoulder bag, can cause pain in various parts of the body, including the shoulders, neck, back, and arms. However, there are ways to relieve this pain and make carrying a bag more comfortable.
One way to relieve bag pain is by considering the weight of the handbag. Your bag should not exceed 10% of your weight. Choose a handbag that is light when empty and limit the contents of your bag. Distribute the weight of your bag by using all the pockets available in your bag.
Another way to relieve bag pain is by considering the way you carry your handbag. In general, it is advisable to wear a shoulder bag rather than a handbag, but avoid shoulder straps that are too long. Alternate the way you carry your bag and the side you carry it on to relieve tension. It is not advisable to carry your bag on your elbow or forearm, as it will weigh three times as much.
Your posture can also contribute to bag pain. Stand up straight with your head up, chin up, shoulders back, and back straight, while remaining relaxed.
The shoes you wear can also contribute to bag pain. Shoes with heels reinforce the body's imbalance, so it's better to wear flat shoes with quality soles. If you can't do without heels, try going to work in flat shoes and change into heels when you arrive, or alternate between flat shoes and heels every other day.
Finally, playing sports can also help relieve bag pain. Swimming, particularly the backstroke, is recommended for back pain as it strengthens the back muscles. Avoid overdoing the breaststroke or butterfly stroke, as they promote the arching of the back and deformation of the spine.
In summary, carrying a bag can cause pain in various parts of the body, but by considering the weight of the bag, the way you carry it, your posture, the shoes you wear, and by playing sports, you can relieve the pain and make carrying a bag more comfortable.