Sitting On Cash: How your wallet is causing bad posture
This article was first published here.
Sitting on a big pile of cash does not sound all that bad, does it?
Well, your lower back and hip joints would beg to differ. The way your spine is designed through millions of years of evolution, is to be at its best in supporting weight when it’s straight. When your spine and hip joints are not aligned straight because you’re sitting on top of your wallet, the weight of your torso and head can cause stress to these essential structures.
Carry your wallet in your front pocket to improve your posture
Imagine a large pile of bricks stacked very precisely upon each other. These bricks have strings attached to them and are held by people so that the stack of bricks does not fall over. When the stack is on a flat surface, the people holding the strings will not have such a difficult task. Now imagine placing an object underneath one side, making the pile crooked. You can imagine the people holding the string will then have to work a lot harder in order to keep the pile from falling over.
The people holding the strings are symbolising your muscles. They, in order, have to work much harder when one side of your body is elevated and your entire skeleton is in a crooked position. This not only causes more tension on the muscles but it also increases stress on the spine and joints in the pelvic area.
Many important nerves leading from the upper body to the lower body are passing very close by those structures and can become pinched. In severe cases this may even lead to sciatica.
Are you trying to adapt good posture and you want to find alternatives for a wallet in your back pocket? Take a look at the popular and posture friendly card protector that stores all your cards and even a small amount of cash money!
We would love to hear if you carry your wallet in your back pocket or have another way of preventing the misalignment caused by your wallet. You can leave a comment or get in touch on twitter!
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