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iVillage.com: Everyday Habits That Make Pain Worse

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Carrying an Oversized Purse

If you lug a too-heavy purse, briefcase or backpack (and carry it on the same shoulder), you’re probably throwing your spine out of its proper alignment, disturbing your natural gait and tiring your back, neck, shoulders and/or hips, Dr. Gross points out.

Solution: Weigh your purse. If it weighs more than 10 percent of your body weight, it’s time to clean it out, says the American Chiropractic Association. Choose a purse or briefcase with a wide adjustable strap that’s long enough to place over your head to distribute the bulk of the weight more evenly across your body. Switch shoulders frequently to avoid overburdening one side.

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