It has been interesting to hear about the experiences of places who have more recently tried to ban or reduce the use of plastic bags in supermarkets.
Having become accustomed to the re-useable bags in SA, it might be a distant memory that many people were very stressed leading up to the change!
I just read an article online called ‘How to avoid injuries from ‘overfilled’ reusable shopping bags’ which quoted several complaints from shoppers who had bad experiences with struggling to lift heavy (overfilled) shopping bags!
Essentially the problem being that we try and cram all of our shopping into less bags now that we pay for them (or we bring too few of our own to the shops). The point being made was that perhaps this would lead to an epidemic of hand, wrist and shoulder injuries!
Fortunately, a balanced and informed opinion was also offered in the story from Physiotherapist David Hall, who is chair of the Occupational Health Group and a member of the APA, what he recommends. I met David this year in Melbourne when we both worked on an occupational injury forum for the APA. He is a great physio with a wealth of experience in the area of injuries relating to manual handling.
In summary David explained and advised the following:
If you are experience any pain or difficulty with carrying and lifting (not just when you’re shopping either), don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.