They say that old habits die hard. A cup of coffee in the morning to get your day started; the ritual search for your keys, phone and wallet before making your morning commute to work; your keys stay in your hand to lock the front door, your phone goes in your left pocket and your wallet in your right back pocket. While you’re driving to work, you begin to notice a dull ache radiating from your low back. While you wish you could attribute it to hitting the gym too hard the day before, you know that it’s been a few days - maybe even weeks - since the last time you went. No, it’s not that. It’s gotta be something else, but you’re not sure what.
Recently, we discovered that repeatedly sitting on your wallet can cause low back injury. To get some more details, we contacted Dr. Mike Motel with Ascend Chiropractic and asked him a couple of questions.
What happens when you repeatedly sit on your wallet?
Dr. Mike: Depending on how thick your wallet is, it could cause your pelvis to shift. If you think of your pelvis like the foundation of a house and that foundation is uneven, then the rest of your body becomes uneven. Your body will begin to compensate for the misalignment in different places.
What sort of symptoms might a person experience with misalignment?
Dr. Mike: You could experience any sort of lumbar [low back] nerve interference: numbness, pain, tingling in your legs, muscle weakness. Just overall irritation of the low back and pelvis.
What can you do to correct these symptoms?
Dr. Mike laughed and answered simply: Go see a chiropractor.
What can you do to correct these symptoms at home?
Dr. Mike: You can do low back stretches, stay active and avoid sitting a lot. And stop sitting on the wallet.
Do any of those problems sound familiar to you? Maybe it’s time to break some old habits by shifting your wallet from your back pocket to a front or jacket pocket.
Our wallets are designed to provide a low-profile carry through all aspects of your life. Just be sure to protect your back!