It has become a sign of the changing lifestyle and glamour among many women. Big handbags are the heights of fashion trend today. But health experts have warned that carrying that extra weight can become harmful to your health. Big handbags poses great health risk for women, Gabriel Ifinnwa writes:
Big handbags poses great health risk for women
To most women handbags is a key fashion accessory, that living home without it is not an option especially for those with multi-tasking lives. Indeed, for most women, handbags especially big handbags are seemingly perfect for a modern woman. They make you feel emotionally good, gives you the elevation and confidence in your gait.
Some say the trend for oversized handbags was inspired by celebrities. Some women get excited when they get to know about new additions in the world of handbags. From popular fashion handbag makers like Christian Dior, Burberry, Lana Marks, Judith Leiber, the list is endless. Depending on the choice and preference, they select the one that matches their budget first and then, personality as well. Most handbags for women have become bigger and heavier as designers combine briefcases with handbags and straps. Despite the hefty price tags and the size of these handbags, some trend setters say it is a glowing fashion trend, and a must have.
“Aside the fact that you can put a few things inside, which might not warrant you carryingany extra luggage, big bags are more fashionable and really stylish. It also makes a woman classy’’ Mrs. Tina Lawrence, a fashion expert said.
It has often been stressed that there is nothing wrong with being fashionable. The risk begins when you start loading up these bags with your laptop, wallet, shoes, cell phone, water bottle, magazine, make-up, and some work-related documents. Health experts have warned that carrying all this for long periods everywhere poses a serious health risk.
In reality any woman who has spent a day with an oversized handbag can attest to the pain and pressure they can cause. It is not just the size; the weight of the bag matters most. Not long ago the media was in a frenzy, after a woman was hospitalised – having suffered from the consequences of wearing skinny jeans. This thus heightened interests in the health dangers of certain fashion trends such as this.
Studies have found that the most common health related problems associated with women who carry oversized bags include the following:
- Women who carry around these bags risk stiffness, headaches and aggravated neck and back pain.
- It can cause the trapezius muscle, which sits on top of your shoulders, to spasm and therefore tighten, along with the muscles that go from your shoulder to the base of your neck.
- In the long term, you might end up with soft tissue injuries and posture misalignment without you even noticing. Carrying bags weighing more than 2 kg on a regular basis can result in muscle pain and spine problems.
In the same vein, studies have shown that oversized handbags can alter a woman’s posture with a number of women suffering from arthritis and disc degeneration.
Michael Tanner, Performance Specialist at London’s exclusive Gym said, “Carrying a heavy bag has many postural effects on the body. It not only pulls down the shoulder, which can put constant strain on the neck muscles, but our bodies naturally lean away from the side on which we are holding a weight – in this case a bag.
He further added that “This leaning leads to a tightening of the opposite side of the neck, as well as throwing your shoulders, hips, knees and ankles out of alignment’’.
On her part, Jane Sadler, a family practice physician on the medical staff at Baylor Medical Centre in Garland, Texas, said “I see so many women with neck pains and headaches and what I usually do is look for their purse and pick it up,”
Meanwhile it has been recommended that correct posture while carrying bulky handbags, keeping the head and shoulders aligned upright should be observed. And women have been advised to frequently change the size and weight of their bags.
William Case, a physical therapist in private practice in Houston, Texas, said” The extra-large purses are quite phenomenal. They look beautiful when the women wear them, but I don’t know how aware they are of the potential problems,”
He advised that adequate massage, anti-inflammatories and rest are good to help alleviate the symptoms, while adding that the only real cure is education and enlightenment.
Indeed, carrying a heavy handbag can take a huge toll on your back, neck, and shoulders as health experts have stressed. For trend setters, maybe, you want to make a point of lightening the load, and use a clutch or a small bag. Fashion really can be bad for your health. After all, you don’t want to become the latest victim of high fashion style.