Beauty is Pain

Victoria Beckham is known around the globe as a former Spice Girl-turned-fashion designer.  Now the mother of four, and wife of David Beckham, is adding another moniker to her title, and it’s not what you would expect.

Beckham’s penchant for carrying her oversize handbag on her bent elbow has led doctors to coin the term “poshitis,” their word for the patients they see with damaged elbows as a result of bending like [Victoria] Beckham.

“Your elbow was designed to be a moving joint, not a hook for your purse,” fitness therapy expert Jill Miller told ABC News.  “Sore necks, sore upper backs, sore shoulders and shoulders that have been pulled out of place and tendinitis in the elbows, these are all a direct result of carrying these handbags.”

Doctors say carrying bags that weigh more than 5 pounds can be hazardous to your health.  The good news for fashionistas is that the trend is now moving away from the oversize, carry-all bags and towards handheld clutches.

“This is on the upside of the trend curve,” Audrey Slater, fashion director of Redbook magazine, told ABC News of the smaller purse.  “It just looks chic and you don’t have to grimace on your face because you’re uncomfortable.”

While “poshitis” is in the spotlight now, it’s not only handbags that are causing damage to women’s bodies for the sake of beauty.

For women who still aren’t completely aboard the clutch trend, experts recommend following these tips to lighten the load.

Two bags are better than one. Always carry an extra bag with you. That way if you have more to cart around, you can put it in this little bag and wear it on both shoulders.

Purses with long straps better than short ones. Wear the strap across your heart to better distribute the weight and give your shoulder a little break.

While they might not be the cutest options, the backpack and rolly bags are the best bet for your back. The backpack gives you an equal distribution of weight on both shoulders, and the rolly bag takes the weight off your back altogether.

Skinny Jeans giving you nerve damage?

Wearing super-skinny jeans could cause nerve damage, doctors have warned.

According to research, skinny jean wearers could be risking their health all in the name of fashion. Experts claimed that the trousers may cause users to develop meralgia paresthetica, a chronic neurological disorder.

“This disorder occurs when one of the nerves on the outer part of the thigh compresses and pressure on in causes symptoms of tingling and numbness and pain,” said Dr Karen Boyle, a  urologic surgeon from Washington DC.

Other symptoms include occasional aching in the groin area or pain spreading across the buttocks, a burning sensation in the thighs as well as hypersensitivity to heat.

“One woman described it as a floating sensation when she was walking; her thighs felt week and tingly and she got pain in the thighs,” Boyle added.

She added that the popular combination of skinny jeans and ultra-high heels increases the chances of developing meralgia paresthetica.

“Because the pelvis tilts it can further accentuate the pressure that’s placed on those nerves,” she explained.

If not corrected the condition can become serious and potentially lead to permanent damage.

In severe cases, surgery may be needed to decompress the nerve or as a last resort to remove it. The latter treatment results in permanent numbness in the area.

Consumers should consider jeans that have some stretch built into them to prevent the nerves being compressed, the doctors said.

Not going to stop me with either the purse or the jeans, but incase you wanted to know!! lol

 

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July 15, 2013. July.

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