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Chiropractors Warn Against Man Bag And Back Pain

February 21, 2011

British chiropractors reported recently that sporting a weighty man bag may be the latest fashion for men but it can cause back pain and poor posture.

Trendsetters like footballer David Beckham, rapper Jay-Z and actor Brad Pitt have been spotted wearing the functional fashion accessory that the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) said can cause back problems.

The BCA said the man bag in its various guises should be used with caution.

A study by BCA found that the average man bag weighs up to 13.67 pounds, which is the equivalent of over 12 bags of sugar.  In the digital age men’s bags are loaded with essential on-the-go accessories, laptops, mp3 players, phones and gym kit.

“(Man bags) could cause back and shoulder pain from prolonged stress, this could also impact posture” said Tim Hutchful from the BCA. “We need to become more savvy in how we use them, whilst learning to read our bodies and know when we’re placing too much pressure on certain points.”

According to the study, three in five men carry some sort of bag.

“The bags serve a purpose so we need to become more savvy in how we use them, whilst learning to read our bodies and know when we’re placing too much pressure on certain points,” Hutchful said in a statement.

Some recommendations BCA makes while carrying a man bag include: alternating the shoulder someone uses while carrying the bag; keeping the strap short; and not carrying it for extended periods of time.

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