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Sciatica and You: Health Facts Behind the Damage of Sitting on Your Wallet

We’ve all seen men with their huge wallets full of credit cards, memberships and bulging receipts sticking out of their back pocket. We have definitely also witnessed people sitting down on them to drive off to work or home. Doesn't that wallet hurt when they sit down? Because of habit, many people continue to sit on their bulky wallets, causing chronic pain in the back, hips, legs and feet. At Allett, we strive to educate our customers on the pains of a thick wallet and to present our revolutionary solution in our thin wallet products.

Sciatica Basics

Your sciatic nerve is one of the largest nerves in the human body, extending from your lower spinal cord through the hips and buttocks and eventually ending at your feet. All of your lower extremities depend on this major nerve to bring smaller nerves into contact with the rest of the central nervous system. If you have ever had sciatica, you know that it is a shooting and continual pain that emanates from the hip to the toes with intense fury. Sitting on a thick wallet is the perfect catalyst to set sciatica off.

Compression Issues

When you sit on a thick wallet, your weight distributes unevenly across your hips and legs. As a result, the sciatic nerve comes in contact with excessive pressure either on the left or right side. If it remains compressed, the nerve becomes irritated and sends out that signature pain that remains with you for days or weeks, depending on the compression's severity. The sciatic nerve is meant to be isolated from extraneous pressure so that it could function as the nerve signal transport area it was designed to be.

Pelvis Positioning

Depending on your age, it is possible to dislocate the pelvis by continually sitting on a thick wallet. The body naturally acclimates to certain repetitive motions, allowing it to find a balance in an improper position. If you sit on a thick wallet all day, the pelvis naturally shifts in reaction. This can actually cause it to lodge itself into a position where it pinches or rubs the sciatic nerve. Only a change in position, over the course of weeks or months, can begin to alleviate this issue. Many people seek out the help of a chiropractor, or other doctors, for pain relief.

Muscle Pinches

Bone is not the only material that can irritate the sciatic nerve. Your buttocks have several crisscrossing muscles, including the piriformis, which can actually pinch a nerve. As you sit on your wallet, the muscles in the buttocks are under tension to hold your torso upright. The piriformis muscle slides into a different position, effectively pinching the sciatic until the muscle can move out of that position. The resulting nerve pain can keep you up at night.

Wallet Solutions

Allett offers the thinnest wallet available that still provides the proper space for all your important belongings. You are not relegated to holding two or three cards at a time. Our innovative design allows you to carry your normal cards within a compact shape. Any improper sitting position aggravates the sciatic nerve, but Allett's wallets certainly relieve a lot of the pain and are a step in the right direction.

Think of your daily sitting habits and let us help alleviate the pain. Browse through Allett's large selection of thin and sleek wallets to help you look, feel and sit comfortably. Sciatic pain can disappear if you choose a wallet without the bulk.
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