More than a few men come into doctor’s offices each year, complaining about mysterious back pain. Chiropractors or other medical professionals have to figure out what’s causing the pain, and what’s happening to the body, looking at many different factors and considerations related to lifestyle and more. For instance, a lot of us spend hours sitting at our jobs, which can put a lot of pressure on the lower back.
But in many cases, doctors find that part or all of the problem is related to damage or pressure on the sciatic nerve, which may or may not be caused by sitting.
The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that goes from the lower back down the back of both legs. When this nerve becomes pinched, inflamed or otherwise bothered, you get a condition called “sciatica,” with symptoms such as pain while sitting, burning or tingling, weakness, or a numb feeling in the affected area. Depending on the extent of the problem, these symptoms can extend down the entire leg to the foot.
Many of these cases can actually be traced back to something as simple as the wallet that a man carries in his back pocket.
Science professionals call this piriformis syndrome — but some chiropractors and others have come to call it by the much less scientific name: “back pocket wallet” syndrome. No matter what you call it, it’s the same thing — the piriformis muscle near the top of the hip joint presses on the sciatica nerve because of the spinal displacement that can happen from carrying a fat wallet in one back pocket. It may take a while for the suffering patient to put two and two together and realized that a lump lying underneath one side of the buttocks can really start to cause pressure on local muscles and tissues, and create the kinds of symptoms that send them to the doctor’s office.
The piriformis muscle also gets a heavy workout in many kinds of exercise involving the lower body, especially activities like running or jogging. Part of the challenge of dealing with “back pocket wallet” syndrome involves understanding how it affects the regular activities that someone does every day, whether that’s sitting in a seat, or performing athletic activities. Regardless, the pressure on the sciatic nerve can be aggravated by a wide range of lifestyles and routines.
What Can You Do?
A lot of guys hear about this and just start putting their wallet in a front pocket. But there is also another kind of remedy — thinner wallets have less of a likelihood of causing these kinds of health problems.
Allett’s slim wallets are made with this in mind. These thin wallet designs make carrying a wallet much less intrusive, and make the wallet easier to put into a pants or jacket pocket, without sacrificing durability and build. Using materials like soft Napa leather and a thin alloy lining for RFID blocking, these wallets can provide all of the modern features that buyers want, without the bulk that often contributes to piriformis syndrome. Some experts have called this build a “low side profile” which can help in warding off the kinds of spinal problems that you experience carrying around a thick bulky wallet on one side of the body.
Here’s what one chiropractic doctor, Dr. Logan S. Brooke, D.C., had to say about Allett’s thin wallet:
As a chiropractor, I place a high level of importance on proper posture, structural alignment and overall well-being. My first impression of the thin wallet was extraordinary! The first thing you notice is that the wallet has a very professional appearance. Second, the construction of the seams and pockets is very good…(the wallet) compresses down, even when filled with cards and cash. This low side profile allows you to still wear the wallet in your back pockets with little risk causing imbalance in your pelvis.
Dr. Brooke and other medical professionals understand that the build of a wallet is important in how it affects the wearer. Because the thin wallet “compresses down,” it becomes less intrusive to those delicate areas of the body that can cause significant problems over time if nerves and tissues don’t have room to comfortably coexist.
With more attention to not just the presentation of a wallet, but its security and ergonomic features, people are paying more attention to these types of accessories, and looking at premier designs like the Allett thin wallet as a way to invest in better financial and physical protection, while still buying a product that will last many years. Using high-quality materials, sturdy seam and pocket construction, and a well-researched engineering approach, Allett provides a 21st-century wallet for today’s generations of men, who, with today’s fast-paced lifestyles and constant, dynamic challenges, need more out of their billfolds.