A Big Wallet Can Be A Big Pain

Published June 4th, 2019 by Dr. Hoder

Most people you come across think a giant wallet is great. Maybe you’re even one to carry wads of cash on you at all times. We’re not knocking your personal currency choices, but we do suggest you find someplace to carry your money than stuffed into your back pocket.

If you have been suffering from back pain, perhaps the filing cabinet you’re carrying around in your back pocket is to blame. Wallet sciatica and hip-pocket syndrome are very real conditions. Here are our suggestions to avoid back pain associated with big wallets.

Wallet — friend or foe?

There’s no denying it, wallets do a lot for us. They hold our credit cards, cash, and the stack of untouched loyalty cards . We understand — it can be difficult to let go. But for the sake of your back and the health of your spine, it might be time.

Even if your wallet is low volume, it is not good idea to sit on it all day. When you do, you create asymmetry in your pelvis and hips, which can lead to leg and low back pain. The imbalance can impact your body from buttocks to back, as each part of your body will try to compensate for the uneven tilt of your hips and pelvis.

If you let this go on for a long period of time, it can cause problems with your spinal joints, spinal discs, and muscles and eventually lead to dysfunction, pain, and even degenerative issues.

So, what is the solution? Not switching your wallet from your back pocket to your front! When you sit with your wallet in the front pocket, it causes a pinch between your torso and thigh that may lead to pain. To avoid all of that unnecessary discomfort, do yourself a favor and keep your wallet out of your pocket while seated.

What’s the next step?

So you’ve agreed to stop carrying around your brick of a wallet. Here are our suggestions:

  • Minimalist wallet - This type of wallet simply doesn’t have the capacity to hold a bunch of stuff, so it fits easily into your shirt or jacket pocket

  • A traditional money clip - Keep it classic and simple with a traditional money clip.

  • Go without a wallet- There are some downfalls to technology (like text neck), but one perk is that you can use a variety of payments that don’t require you to carry cash or card.

Don’t let a giant wallet weigh you down. Start creating new healthy habits to relieve back pain, and remember to keep your spine healthy with regular chiropractic adjustments here at Markson Chiropractic!

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