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Are your skinny jeans giving you back ache?

The much loved fashion staple could be causing injuries

The British Chiropractic Association released a statement this week suggesting popular items of clothing can be causing strain on our backs. Included on the hit-list were wardrobe staples such as skinny jeans, large fluffy parker coat hoods, cross body bags and statement necklaces.

Focusing on the negative impact of skinny jeans, BCA chiropractor Tim Hutchful, said: “skinny jeans restrict free movement in areas such as the hips and knees, affecting the way we hold our bodies.” This change in posture then contributes to back pain.

Cross body bags – the culprit of your pain?

The statement follows a survey of 1,062 participants that found 73% of those involved admitted suffering from back pain. Hutchful put this down to the lack of bounce that tight clothing allows. He goes on to state that skinny jeans prevent the “natural shock-absorbing qualities in your walk, causing pressure in your joints.”

Although the dangers of skinny jeans have been revealed before, 33% of those involved in the survey were unaware of the effects the clothing could have. Large, fluffy hoods and cross-body bags were also under scrutiny. The BCA found that these items changed the natural alignment of the body due to strain.

Despite these findings, it has been suggested that use of the clothing is okay in moderation. The BCA recommends limiting the times you wear these particular items every week to give your body a break.

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