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There has been a warning that fashion items may cause posture problems and back and neck pain.

The British Chiropractic Association( BCA) tells items such as skinny jeans, high heels and handbags can “wreak havoc” on our bodies.

However, the research has been rejected by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and other back experts.

They say we shouldn’t be afraid of our clothes.

Here are the top five items which the BCA says may cause us harm.

Skinny jeans

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The BCA claims skinny jeans reduce mobility “even if it’s just strolling that you’re doing”.

“Restrictive clothing can lead to a loss of ‘bounce’ in your step and the natural shock-absorbing qualities in your walking, causing pressure in your joints.”

Oversized bags

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The BCA claims heavy handbags are a particularly common cause of back ache in females. They advise we should avoid pouches that must be carried in the thief of the arm “as the weight of these held away from your body pulls one shoulder lower than the other”.

Coats with large fluffy hoods

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The BCA asserts “large hoods can mean you strain your neck in order to see”.

High heels

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The BCA claims high heels force us to hold our bodies “in a manner which promotes tension in your spine”.

Backless shoes, eg mules

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The BCA claims mules have no support at the back of the foot which will increase strain on the legs and lower back.

They also caution that new trends such as as asymmetric hemlines, oversized sleeves and hoods and heavy jewellery can also generate problems for the wearer.

What’s the reality?

The BCA’s poll of 1,062 people observed 73% had suffered back ache and 33% were not aware that clothing could affect their back, neck or posture. They warn that any item of dres that restricts motion, or that leads people to stand or stroll unnaturally, can have a negative impact on the posture, back or neck.

“Our advice is to consider your back and neck health when building dres choices – moderation of outfits that limit your movement is recommended. You should choose clothing to suit the activity you are doing and try investing in a knapsack for days when you have a lot to carry around.”

But Dr Mary O’Keeffe, who is a back ache expert at the University of Limerick, tells their research is “complete scaremongering and there is no scientific proof to subsistence any of it”.

“Simply set, skinny jeans, parka jackets, necklaces and any other attire items do not cause back pain.

“There is no scientific evidence of an association. This may seem counterintuitive, as women with back ache might report back ache when wearing or carrying certain items. However, to assume that the back pain was caused by these is definitely putting the pony before the cart.”

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