Most people think of a fat wallet and think that’s a good thing. Maybe you are even one who likes to carry wads of cash at all times. We’re not saying it’s the worst thing you can do for your back, but we suggest you find someplace to carry your dough other than stuffed into your back pants pocket.
If you are someone who carries around a packed wallet, think about whether or not you’ve been feeling back pain. If so, it could likely be due to your wallet that has seemingly become a filing cabinet! Wallet sciatica and hip-pocket syndrome are real conditions, and we’ve put together some tips to help you avoid them.
Wallets: Friend or Foe?
Wallets sure are convenient: they carry our identification, credit cards, cash, and countless loyalty cards that haven’t been used it years. We understand — it can be difficult to let go. But for the health of your back, it just might be time!
Even if you are pretty good about keeping a light wallet, it is not a good idea to sit on it all day long. When you do that, you create asymmetry between your pelvis and hips, which leads to leg and low back pain. The imbalance can negatively impact nearly your whole body, from your neck to your buttocks. That’s because your body will try to compensate for the uneven tilt of the hips and pelvis.
If you allow this to go on for too long, it can result in issues with your spinal joints, spinal discs, and muscles which will cause dysfunction, pain, and possibly even degenerative issues.
So, what is the solution? Don’t just switch your wallet to your front pocket! That too causes problems, as it creates a pinch between your torso and thigh that can be painful. To avoid this pain altogether, remember to take your wallet out of your pocket when seated.
Now that you understand why a giant wallet isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, it’s time to make some changes. Here are our suggestions:
Use a minimalist wallet - Not only are there more options than ever, but this type of wallet doesn’t have the space to build up a loyalty card collection. There’s only room for the basics, and it easily fits into your jacket or shirt front pocket.
Classic money clip - Keep it simple and classy with a money clip. The whole point is to carry less stuff, and a money clip will certainly make that happen.
Don’t let something as minor as a wallet be the cause of your back pain. This easy fix is just one of many healthy habits you can create to promote a healthier lifestyle and relieve back pain. For more information on the importance of spinal health and how we can help, click here to contact us!