Switch shoulders when carrying a handbag

WOMEN should carry their handbags alternately on their left and right shoulders to prevent asymmetric strain on their back, an orthopaedist advises.

Such strain can cause muscle tension, back pain and head-aches – even of the migraine variety.

Periodically switching shoulders distributes the weight evenly, says Dr Reinhard Schneiderhan, president of the Munich-based Spinal League, a public information association that promotes spinal health.

A woman carrying a large handbag should pay particular attention to its weight.

Together with its contents, the bag should weigh no more than five per cent of her body weight, Schneiderhan says.

He warns that carrying a heavy bag on one shoulder for an extended period of time can unbalance the spine.

Back-friendly alternatives are backpacks and bags with a strap across the chest.

They distribute the weight more evenly. (dpa)

Carrying a heavy bag on one shoulder for an extended period of time can unbalance the spine, warns a German orthopaedist. – DPA