Have you ever wondered why your shoulder or back is painful after carrying a bag? That's because you are not carrying it correctly!
How to carry your Sling bag and not hurt your shoulder?
As we all use our shoulders to carry a bag, let’s start by looking at the normal structure of the shoulder. The shape of the shoulders is natural down sloping, the part near the base of neck is usually higher than the tip of the shoulder. Therefore, when a sling bag is carried on one of the shoulder, the bag tends to slide off the shoulder. To stop the sling bag from sliding, one usually needs to lift up the shoulder on the same side to level the slope. This can lead to a tired shoulder and neck muscles, and causes stiffness and pain.
The right way to use a sling bag is to carry it with its strap across the chest. By doing so, the weight of the sling bag pulls the strap belt towards the upper part of the shoulder (the “cross” effect), instead of sliding down the shoulder. Thus, one does't need to lift the shoulder unnecessarily. Added benefit of carrying a sling bag across the chest is that the weight of the bag can be supported by the hip or back, the downward pull on the shoulder is also lesser, which helps reduce the risk of over-tiring the neck & shoulder muscles.