It’s pretty common for people, especially boys, to keep their wallet in their back pocket. Yes, as soon as we pick up our favorite Starbucks coffee or fill our car with gas, we reach for our wallet in our back pocket. But folks, if your wallet is bulky or jam-packed with old receipts, coupons, or maybe even a bit of little too much cash, it is time for you to think twice about this. The reason being, keeping the wallet in your back pocket is putting you at risk. Apart from being an easy target for those pick-pockets, it can lead to many health-related problems as well.
Keeping a “fat wallet” in the back pocket can do your back, hips, neck, pelvis and even your bottom potentially a lot of harm.
Dr. Arnie Angrist, a New York City-based chiropractor, told Huffington Post that sitting on a wallet ‘creates an asymmetry or imbalance that distorts your pelvis and hips’. Explaining further, he said that when one hip sits higher than the other, it causes the upper and middle back and neck to compensate for the unevenness, which, in turn, can cause all types of problems in those areas.
Sitting on a wallet can cause the spine to become tilted which could lead to serious problems for spinal joints, muscles, and discs, resulting in serious pain and even failure.
Dr. Chris Good, a professor of clinical sciences at University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic, has explained that if spine “becomes tilted or there is a compensation to sit more upright because of the tilt, you could experience uneven loads on the spinal joints, muscles, and discs which might cause pain, dysfunction or even degenerative damage over time”.
Explaining further on the issue, Dr. Good said that a wallet in the back pocket or ‘compression caused by a thick wallet could cause irritation to a number of important structures in the buttocks, including damage to nerves, muscles, arteries, and veins.
So, what can you do to help yourself?
The simplest thing you can do is to replace that bulky, oversized back pocket wallet with a slim, front pocket wallet. Or, just say no to trifold wallets, which “have too much room that you feel obligated to fill”, as Dr. Scott Welden of Omni Wellness NYC, told Huffington Post.