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“the Curse of the Purse”

Author: Jason T. Smith

From little black bags, to what looks like a bowling bag, purses are a necessity of nearly every woman. For many, it provides security and convenience, while others enjoy the stylish appeal. Regardless, the popular accessory item has been wreaking havoc on unsuspecting women for years. The habitual action of swinging a purse over the shoulder, causes neck tension, back and shoulder muscle development issues, as well as abnormal spinal development. It is never too late to stop the damage, but correcting the situation only gets harder.

Just as a bodybuilder must contract his muscles to lift a heavy weight, a woman must contract her neck and shoulders to support her purse. The only difference is the bodybuilder is working both sides of his body at the same time, creating equal development, while a woman only works one particular side. The rule of fitness states that every muscle worked has an opposing muscle that must be worked just as much, or the stronger one will weaken the opposing one. If not done properly, one muscle will begin to tighten more, as its opposing muscle will stretch more. Some bodybuilders work their chest more than their back, and the result is a hunched over posture. As a woman continues this process over the years, her entire torso will begin to be pulled to the dominant side, as well as down most often. However this does not have to be the case, because there are many things that can be done to correct the issue.

If you are just beginning to carry a purse, you are very fortunate. Before you get in the habit of carrying it on one particular side, remember to switch sides everyday through-out the day. This will cause stimulation of both sides of your body, and avoid the problem.

If you have been wielding a purse for 5-10 years, you need to avoid using your dominant shoulder, and actually alternate between your other shoulder, and carrying the purse by the handles on your dominant side. These actions will help stretch the overly tense muscles, and strengthen your weak side.

If more time has passed, and you are really beginning to notice a problem, follow the guidelines for the 5-10 year folks, but it will be necessary to begin a cardio and stretching program. Performing stimulating activities will help stimulate the weak muscles, and stretch the tense ones. It might also be a good idea to see a chiropractor and possible a massage therapist.

Now, if you have been swinging that purse for 30, 40, or even more years, it’s probably time to put it in the closet permanently. I know this will be hard, but you are going to be in a walker or a wheel chair if you keep it up, and there is still time. Take the absolute necessities from the purse, and put them in a fanny pack; that will be your carrying companion, and now your shoulders can have a rest. It will be necessary to see a chiropractor and massage therapist to help with muscle tension and spinal re-alignment. In addition, water aerobics would be a great low impact way to increase your aerobic activity, and strengthen the weak muscles, as well as stretch the tense ones.

Carrying a purse can provide a lot of security and comfort, but be aware of the downfalls. You should also be cautious of your footwear, and make sure your shoes provide the cushion and support necessary to bear the extra load. Inserts are a cheap and helpful way to keep your joints healthy, as well as staying hydrated. So take a look at what you’re carrying, and keep yourself safe.

About the Author:

I’ve been a personal trainer for five years, and am the owner of Tailor Training. I’ve taught hundreds of my clients that fitness is fundamental, and that everyone is capable of becoming fit easily in a fun low stress atmosphere.

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