OSHKOSH, Wisc. — Medical clinics and chiropractic offices across the country are seeing an increase in the number of patients with neck, back and shoulder injuries as a result of lifting heavy carry-on luggage improperly when putting it into the overhead compartment on commercial airlines. In fact, in 2003, hospitals and physicians’ offices treated more than 51,800 luggage-related injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Contributing to the problem is the fact that airlines are now strictly enforcing checked baggage weight limitations, and as result, travelers are now cramming more items into their carry-on bags.
However, the problem doesn’t stop there. Not only are air travelers sustaining more injuries from improperly lifting carry-on bags when putting them into the overhead compartments, but also when carrying their checked bags to the airport or when removing them from the luggage carousels at their final travel destination. To help eliminate the risk of pulled muscles, strains or other injuries, air travelers are now shipping their luggage ahead rather than checking it through the airlines. Shipping your luggage ahead is not only much easier on your back, neck and shoulders, but it is convenient, safe and secure.
Niche companies such as The Luggage Club, a leading door-to-door luggage, sports equipment and goods delivery service have emerged to relieve travelers of these back-breaking experiences. The Luggage Club is positioned to meet the needs of this growing trend of travelers shipping their luggage in advance of their trip. Travelers’ luggage can be picked up at their home or location of choice, delivered to their travel destination and returned again at the end of their trip. Plus, The Luggage Club has no limits on size, weight or number of pieces of luggage being shipped and service is offered in 220 countries worldwide.
Gene Langenecker of The Luggage Club states, “Our service is not only convenient and provides the customer with the peace-of-mind of knowing their bags are going to be at their travel destination, but it is a healthy alternative to lugging those heavy and awkward bags to, through and from the airport”. Langenecker goes on to say “Air travel can be challenging enough at times; no one wants to arrive or return from a business trip or family vacation only to make a trip to the doctor’s office because of an injury sustained from handling their bags”.
The Luggage Club offers a variety of money-saving programs including a Handicap Program for travelers with disabilities, a Corporate Program for business travelers and a three-tiered Travelers Club Membership Program for frequent travelers, plus Gift Cards are available for purchase.
For more information on The Luggage Club, go to www.theluggageclub.com or call toll-free 877-231-5131.