The Problem with the Back-Pocket Wallet

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The majority of men carry a wallet full of credit cards, debit cards, driver’s licenses, and other important information. This wallet is most commonly in their back pockets day in and day out, no matter what they’re doing or where they’re going. They sit on this wallet in the car, at the office, and at the kitchen table. Then they complain of low back pain and wonder where it came from.

A lot of people might not make the connection between the back-pocket wallet and low back pain, but here at Greater Life Chiropractic, we know that there is a huge link between the two. Think about your rear end as your body’s foundation when you’re sitting down. If you have a wallet lifting up one side of your foundation, even slightly, everything else in the entire structure is off-kilter and has to try to stabilize to maintain balance. This wreaks havoc on the muscles and soft tissue in your entire core, from the muscles in your behind all the way up to the ones in your neck. This imbalance of muscles results in spinal misalignments, which bring a whole new slew of issues and problems, one of which includes low back pain.

Wallets Wreak Havoc on Spinal Alignment

Your spine needs to be in proper alignment in order for your body to function optimally, and that optimal function typically involves little to no pain. So that back pain you’re dealing with as a result of your wallet is in fact an indicator of something being off. When your entire body is unbalanced due to sitting on a wallet, everything must adapt and that brings about a great deal of muscle tightness and pain. When you remove the wallet and your spine is in a completely neutral position, it is better equipped to maintain balance throughout the rest of your body, as well as encourage proper communication between the brain and body via the spinal cord. While the majority of individuals will not experience many other issues besides low back pain due to sitting on a wallet, doing so for years and years and living with spinal misalignments for decades can create big issues within your central nervous system and other systems of your body, which can lead to health issues and illnesses, in addition to the pain and discomfort in your lower back.

Reject the Back-Pocket Wallet

We know that men have been carrying wallets in their back pockets for quite some time, but it’s time to reject the back-pocket wallet for the sake of your spine. Consider switching your wallet to a front pocket or trading out your thick wallet for a money clip that can easily fit into your front pocket. If you’re fancy and wear a suit or suit jacket on a regular basis, switch your back-pocket belongings into your breast pocket to give your foundational rear end a break.

Finally, get under chiropractic care if you’re not already. Dr. Grant Lisetor and his team at Greater Life Chiropractic in Charlotte are experienced in helping individuals overcome a wide variety of pain points and illnesses, and they can help you with your back pain and wallet woes. Contact Greater Life Chiropractic today to learn more and to schedule your consultation.


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