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Many of us are guilty of carrying around far too much stuff that we don’t actually need in our handbags.
According to recent research by Aspinal of London, the average weight of a British woman’s handbag is three kilograms – a third heavier than those of ladies on the continent.
But is lugging around this amount of weight on our shoulders having a detrimental effect on our health? Celebrity physiotherapist Doug Jones, of Manchester-based Altius Healthcare, certainly thinks so.
The sports physio, who overcame his own personal health battle and challenges four years ago following a brain tumour which nearly killed him, is a passionate advocate of health and well being.
According to recent research by Aspinal of London, the average weight of a British woman’s handbag is three kilograms – a third heavier than those of ladies on the continent
Doug, who counts Coronation Street actress Cath Tyldesley, Strictly’s Karen Clifton and rugby stars Danny Cipriani and Owen Farrell as clients, is concerned it’s leading to an increasing number of women suffering long-term neck, shoulder and back pain.
‘Today many women’s handbags are getting much heavier,’ Doug told FEMAIL.
‘With the hectic lifestyles we lead and the various demands and gadgets we carry today, often handbags are bigger, bulkier and contain heavy items including keys, books, shoes, mobile phone chargers, phones and iPads – even lunch!
‘Often professional women are carrying separate laptop bags and gym bags as well, adding even more strain to their neck, back and general spinal posture.
Sports physiotherapist Doug Jones (left) counts Coronation Street actress Cath Tyldesley (pictured right) as one of his clients
‘Carrying those heavy bags on the same shoulders or arms for long periods of time, day in, day out, can be problematic for their posture. It can cause long-term damage to their neck and back.’
Coupled with our increasingly sedentary lifestyles, Doug warns that unless women take urgent action now to change their handbag habits, they may be setting themselves up for serious health problems in the future.
‘We are seeing increasingly in clinic more younger female patients
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