How your purse can hurt your back

If you dumped out your purse right now, what would fall out? Chances are, it would be a lot of items that you might not even realize you're still carrying around every day. While this load may not seem like a lot, it can add up over time, and your purse could be the cause of your back pain. Here are just a couple of ways that your bag could be hurting you:

Carrying it on the same shoulder
People tend to hold their bags on the same side everyday. Over time, that can cause an imbalance, as Karen Erickson, a chiropractor from New York, told the Huffington Post.

"One of the consequences of carrying a shoulder bag on one shoulder is that it significantly interferes with the normal gait," Erickson said.

Additionally, constantly wearing it on the same shoulder can throw off your posture, leading to pain and discomfort in your back, as Erickson also noted. Luckily, there are so many different styles of bags these days that allow you to switch up how you wear your purse. You can try wide or cross-body straps, or use a purse with handles to give your shoulders a break.

Packing too much
Possibly the biggest problem with purses, though, is their weight. As Dr. Todd Sinett, a New York-based chiropractor and author, told the Chicago Tribune, a bag should weigh no more than 10 percent of your body weight.

While his focus is primarily on children's backpacks, the same rule can apply to your purse. Don't carry unnecessary items and focus on bringing exactly what you need. If you need some encouragement to pare down, try using a smaller bag.

If your purse is causing you back pain, schedule an appointment with a professional chiropractor today.