Modern Woman Health Woes, Solved
Your attachment to your cell phone and high heels is hurting your health. Here's what you can do to fix it
The Culprits: Unfortunately for our joints, fashionable purses are only getting bigger (even clutches are supersized). Single-strapped purses are designed to victimize shoulders and even two-handled totes -- often held in the elbow crook in the style of notorious over-sized purse wearer, Victoria Beckham (hence, the spread of Poshitis) -- are causing muscle strain and pain.
Heavy purses place asymmetrical strain on the body, which throws your entire posture off balance. "Not only does the shoulder and arm musculature have to work harder, but the neck and torso bend and rotate in compensation, placing even more strain on the small joints of the spine," says physical therapist Rebecca Jacobs. Factor in Posh's (relatable) propensity of pairing poor purse-holding with killer heels, and the back strain doubles. Orthopedists: 2. Victoria Beckham: 0 (Marriage to David Beckham excluded).
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