Tips for carrying handbags


Although massive and beautiful handbags are “in fashion” and should be carried a certain way to strike off the best pose, they may be detrimental to your health. Heavy bags will affect your posture, spine and nervous system, leading to all kinds of complications. Bags slung across one shoulder or arm will also lead to imbalances in the shoulder and upper back, and will cause muscle fatigue. The spine will not have adequate support if muscles are fatigued, resulting in further joint dysfunction and alignment issues. The best way of carrying a bag is probably to have a light, satchel-style handbag, which can be slung across the body. If fashion is an issue and a larger tote bag must is used, then limit the bag use to formal events or carry it for a shorter period of time (i.e. don’t shop with it for hours). Bags that are carried across the forearm may also cause complications in the neck and back, and may cause local dysfunction to the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and tendons and muscles related to the shoulder and forearm.

Heavy handbags may lead to headaches, muscle spasms, neck pain, poor posture, shoulder pain, tendonitis, tennis elbow, and may even lead to arthritis, low back pain, sciatica and slipped disc. This coupled with other bad lifestyle choices  is a recipe for disaster for your spinal health.


  • Don’t carry all your belongings in one bag
  • Don’t wear for long periods of time
  • Alternate shoulders or arms
  • Try to limit “fashionista” bags to formal events
  • Place your bag in a trolley if you know you will spend long periods of time shopping
  • Make sure the straps are broad
  • Try to carry a bag slung across your body