For those that missed the feature article in our March Newsletter, here's the story:
Last month, ABC News presented a special report about the direct relationship between heavy handbags / briefcases and an increase in back pain. Furthermore, the report argued that as a result of an increase in paper and tech gadgets, Americans are carrying more and more weight in their bags to and from work.
Additionally, our back does not let us feel the weight until it is ready to crack and so we assume that it is ok for us to carry this weight. One of the worst ways to carry a handbag or briefcase, suggests this report, is by the handle.
In order to avoid injury to the back, the report offers a few helpful suggestions. First, we should always try and carry less than 10% of our body weight in our bags and thus lessen the daily load on our backs.
We should also try to distribute the weight of our bags evenly on our bodies by using a shoulder strap and crossing it over one side so that the bag hangs on the opposite side of the strap.
Finally, the report advocates using a wheeled bag or briefcase if the weight of your daily work load is greater than 10% of your body weight.
Prevention is always better than cure and since we only have one back, we should take care of it as best as we can.
To read the full report, please click on this ABC News link
To view a selection of leather briefcases (with or without wheels) that all have cushioned shoulder straps, please click this link
on our website.