The Negative Health Benefits of Carrying Too Much in Your Back Pocket
Did you know that nearly nine of every ten Americans will complain of lower back pain at some point in their lives? There can be a variety of causes, but, for many, the solution is relatively simple—stop carrying a fat wallet in your back pocket.
As chiropractors, we regularly see patients come in with serious spinal misalignment and the culprit is often sitting in the back pocket. It’s not just a wallet, though that’s the most common object to put on a back pocket. We see people who put phones, keys and other items there as well. Unfortunately, unless you put a similar-sized object in both pockets, your spine will be out of alignment every time you sit down. Over time, the additional stress that puts on your sciatic nerve can lead to serious inflammation, with pain that starts at your hip, but emanates all the way down your leg.
Studies show that there’s little benefit to moving your billfold to your front pocket, where it will instead cause a pinch between your thigh and torso whenever you sit down. Here are some options for avoiding “wallet sciatica”:
- Switch to a wallet that fits inside your jacket pocket
- Use a combination wallet/phone case—there are many options on the market, where you can store money, ID and credit cards in your phone case—of course, don’t put the phone case in your back pocket, either
- Don’t use a wallet at all—carry your money in a clip or in your pocket and have other necessary items in backpack
- Keep your wallet as light as possible—if you must carry a wallet, include only the essentials—your ID, one credit/debit card and minimal cash
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At Peralta Chiropractic, with offices in Dallas, we use chiropractic care and treatment to improve the health and well-being of patients across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, including people hurt in motor vehicle accidents. Call us at 214-942-3700 or at 817-923-1254 to set up an appointment.