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  • conejo23
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    Originally posted by misterN View Post
    Yea. Unfortunately this is a pattern in a 10 year making.
    I've worked with clients with patterns decades longer than that. I carried my briefcase over the same shoulder for 15 years.

    Never too late to change things for the better.

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  • misterN
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    Yea. Unfortunately this is a pattern in a 10 year making.

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  • conejo23
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    Yep, your body becomes very 'patterned', but that's a problem.

    When I would throw my tumi briefcase over the opposite shoulder, it just felt completely out of place. Over time, I got used to it.

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  • misterN
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    I carry my bags with the strap over the right shoulder, across the body. I simply cannot to it reverse it just feels wrong!

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  • conejo23
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    I also want to clarify, I'm NOT saying that briefcases or messenger bags are intrinsically evil. Sometimes they're the best tool for the need. But if you use one, switch it up where you carry it and you should be fine.

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  • conejo23
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    Right on, darbs. ALWAYS trust your instincts, your body knows.

    Keep on truckin', with your backpack!

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  • darbs
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    Oh conejo! You have made my day with this post! My coworkers will make fun of me when we travel by plane and are doing long hikes through the airport because I carry a backpack. My response is always that carrying a shoulder bag makes me ache and the backpack distributes the weight evenly so I don't feel it. They laugh and say I look like a college kid, not a professional. (Just because I am using a backpack, not the color/style of it). I am going to print out your response and show them! I knew I was doing something right all these years.

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  • conejo23
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    Marcus, you're most welcome.

    But I want to make something really clear. It's not just your shoulder that pays the price. Do an experiment. Anyone who routine carries a bag on one side that has a reasonable amount of weight can do this. Stand up, preferably barefoot but shoes are ok. Without holding onto anything, close your eyes and just notice where your weight is. What is tight? What is relaxed? Is your weight centered? How do the muscles in your back feel? Now, put the pack on with its normal load. Stand there and close your eyes again. What has changed? What just happened with your weight distribution? Is it still even right versus left? I'll bet it isn't. On the side you're carrying your bag, what just happened to the muscles in your back and your hip, did they tighten up a bit?

    Your entire body responds and reacts to stimulus. Here's an example. I had a client with left knee pain. Was a runner but had to stop running because the knee was hurting. After putting them through a full diagnostic workup, here's the long story made short. They consistently carried a heavy bag on their right shoulder. They traveled a lot so would carry it through airports, as well as their every day carry. In response, the right shoulder got tight, but so did the muscles on the right side of their spine, as well as their right hip. As those muscles tightened up, it pulled the right hip up and forward, so if you looked at them from a straight on view, their right hip would look higher than the left, and it would be closer to you than the left. In this position, the right hip could not efficiently take weight, it began to feel unstable to the client because it was out of position. So what did they do? They shifted stabilization work to the left side, unconsciously. I put a pen on the floor and asked them to pick it up. They pushed off with their left leg. When they would just stand and talk, they'd shift weight onto that left side, and so on. Over time, the left side got tighter and tighter and that mispositioned the left femur (the big thighbone), which mispositioned the knee, and voilà, knee pain.

    We had them switch to a backpack so that on a daily basis they were presenting a more musculo-skeletally balanced load to their body, then gave them corrective exercises to put everything back where it's supposed to be, and they were running again a few weeks later, pain free.

    Look for ways to vary the motion in your daily routine. Change up where you park, change what shoulder you carry stuff on, or in what hand. Change up which leg you push off of to get out of the car. If you take neighborhood walks on sidewalks, change up which side of the street you walk on (many areas slope sidewalks towards the street for drainage, so if you always walk on the left side of the street your right side will always be lower than your left while walking), and so on. The more motion you can feed your body, and just as importantly, the more VARIETY of motion you can present your body, the better.

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  • marcus
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    (So if you have a messenger bag or briefcase, vary which side of your body you carry it on. Do NOT carry it consistently on the same shoulder every day. One thing I did when carrying a briefcase with a shoulder strap was to carry it on one shoulder on the way into my clinic, and the other shoulder on the way out.)
    Hi Conejo23:

    I really appreciate your advice. I have been using a messenger bag for some time, always carry it on my right, but based on your comments I should vary which shoulder. Lately, I have to carry a lot with me and I am seriously thinking about the Brain Bag or Synapse or both and try each out. A back pack may be more comfortable. Thanks again for helping me realize my right shoulder may be paying a price for always carrying heavy stuff on that side.

    Marcus

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  • conejo23
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    I'm chiming in very late on this thread, and I'm sure the OP has purchased his product and is hopefully happy with his decision.

    Just one point about backpacks versus briefcases or messenger bags. As I've said on another thread, I run a clinic in Austin doing exercise-based postural therapy, working with people in pain. One of the biggest culprits is limited or repetitive motion that leads to distortions in our postural balance and position, which then leads the body to become increasingly dysfunctional and from there, symptomatic. Messenger bags and briefcases do your body no favors if habitually worn over the same shoulder. They aren't destructive, per se. Your body is absolutely designed to carry such a load. The problem is when you carry the same load on the same one shoulder day after day, for years.This will lead to a host of issues, such as the shoulder blade, spinal muscles and hip on that side becoming tighter and more habitually contracted than the ones on the other side. Our bodies are designed to be symmetrical, but if we habitually feed them motion demand with a left/right imbalance, we're asking for trouble.

    So if you have a messenger bag or briefcase, vary which side of your body you carry it on. Do NOT carry it consistently on the same shoulder every day. One thing I did when carrying a briefcase with a shoulder strap was to carry it on one shoulder on the way into my clinic, and the other shoulder on the way out.

    Hope that's of help to someone.

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  • Ted_Legne
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    Hi everyone--

    I greatly appreciate all of the thoughtful responses, and they've led me to conclude I'm going to order the Brain Bag. Thank you for your help!

    Ted

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  • AVService
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    I am pretty sure that I also plugged for the SE over the BB?

    I certainly meant to.

    Originally posted by RedBeard View Post
    Wow, no love for the Super Ego

    Alright then, I am a 6'1" IT drone and I prefer the SE. I think that the courier bag is much more convenient to maneuver on my daily commute and when I am visiting sites. As for capacity, I have carried two laptops (one inside a brain cell, one without) + cables and a backup drive along with my regular gear with no issues. The heaviest I have packed my bag was carrying my full toolkit (PC and network tools) along with laptop and accessories. It was heavy, but manageable and I did not injure myself. The SE has taken everything I have thrown at it and been comfortable to carry with the Absolute Strap.

    The only downside to the courier style bag is that my work pants get worn down on the side I carry my bag. However, that has been true with every bag I have owned and it is not any worse with the SE that is has been with other styles.

    I say that if you don't like backpacks, there is no need for a Bran Bag. A Super Ego should be able to carry everything you need for day to day work.

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  • RedBeard
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    Wow, no love for the Super Ego

    Alright then, I am a 6'1" IT drone and I prefer the SE. I think that the courier bag is much more convenient to maneuver on my daily commute and when I am visiting sites. As for capacity, I have carried two laptops (one inside a brain cell, one without) + cables and a backup drive along with my regular gear with no issues. The heaviest I have packed my bag was carrying my full toolkit (PC and network tools) along with laptop and accessories. It was heavy, but manageable and I did not injure myself. The SE has taken everything I have thrown at it and been comfortable to carry with the Absolute Strap.

    The only downside to the courier style bag is that my work pants get worn down on the side I carry my bag. However, that has been true with every bag I have owned and it is not any worse with the SE that is has been with other styles.

    I say that if you don't like backpacks, there is no need for a Bran Bag. A Super Ego should be able to carry everything you need for day to day work.

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  • backpack
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    Like AVService, I have 3 Brain Bags, I bought the first one to carry 2 laptops (iBooks), associated accessories and external hard drives (regular size, not mini).

    Needless to say, that was an heavy load but the Brain Bag and associated Tom Bihn protective cases made it a breeze to get through airport security.

    That first West to East U.S coast trip and other subsequent trips with a Brain Bag have defined the expression "molds to one's body with ease and comfort", whether by plane, train, bus or car it is a joy to use.

    Fully loaded (for me around 40 pounds), I can run to catch a plane or walk briskly inside a train/metro/bus station or load/unload a Brain Bag fairly fast after a long car trip.

    I am a 5'7' woman, the Brain Bag fits me perfectly.

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  • MagicTiki
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    I have a friend who is an IT guy with a SE... He introduced me to my Tom Bihn addiction. I have been able to compare them both side by side, and either one will meet your large volume carrying needs.

    Having said that, I have to vote for the brain bag as well. For me, lugging large loads in a shoulder/messenger has become far too uncomfortable. I also like the flexibility of the BB. Between cinch straps and add on pouches/organizers, I can configure it for whatever I am doing.

    Hope that helps!

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