Handbags a health hazard for women, experts warned
[ 2007-01-18 09:17 ]
With big handbags becoming a key fashion accessory for working women, health experts are
warning they can also become a key health concern.
are a health hazard for women, experts
Bags for women have become bigger and heavier as designers combine
briefcases with handbags and
straps have become longer but the extra leverage has many patients
complaining of neck, shoulder and back problems.
"I see so many women with neck pains and headaches and what I usually
do is look for their purse and pick it up," said Jane Sadler, a family
practice physician at Baylor Medical Center in Garland, Texas.
"We take it over to the scale and weigh it and usually they're anywhere
from 7 to 10 pounds (3.1-4.5 kgs)...We're really going to see women with
more and more problems later on if we continue the big purse craze."
William Case, a physical therapist in Houston, Texas, said an
aggravated neck or shoulder can lead to upper back problems, meaning pain
may then be felt while working at a computer or playing sports.
He urged designers "to place a cute, educational caution tag on all
bags to inform of potential neck and shoulder dangers."
Above all, he recommended correct posture while carrying bulky purses, keeping the head and shoulders
aligned upright. Patients should also frequently change the size and
weight of purses carried.
"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," Case said.
bulky : of large