Heavy purses can place extra pressure on the nerves of the neck and shoulders. This can result in neck, shoulder, and back pain. Is that trendy over-sized bag worth the pain?
The American Occupational Therapy Association offers some tips on how to pick out the right purse:
- Choose a handbag that is proportionate to your body size
- Select purses with built-in compartments. (This will help to distribute the weight more evenly.)
- Select handbags made of lighter materials, such as microfiber and fabric. (Heavy materials like leather add more weight.)
- Avoid thin & long straps; straps should be wide and adjustable. Strap pressure should not cause discomfort.
- Buy several purses for different activities. For short errand trips, have a small, compact purse. For long errands or day trips, consider a small backpack.
- Avoid heavily loading tote-style bags, which are worn over the shoulder.
- Look at all the contents of your purse. Can any of them stay home? Or be placed in the car?
- Remove duplicate items like lip balms, pens, lipstick.
- Get travel-size items if possible. A travel-size bottle of lotion is much lighter than a full bottle.
- Empty your purse regularly. Free samples, coins, receipts can add up over time.