Few things are more frustrating than dealing with a bad back. Unfortunately, I found myself in that situation a few months back after I sprained my back lifting my baby. It was absolutely debilitating, but I knew that I was going to have to live with it. I kept trying to clean my house, look after my kids, and handle my daily chores, but the pain just kept getting worse. Fortunately, a friend of mine recommended a great chiropractor that could help. He adjusted my back and things started to get better. This blog is all about the benefits of working with a professional.
Shopping is one of the key pastimes of the holiday season, but if you're not careful about how you approach it, you could end up experiencing quite a bit of back pain as a result. Follow these tips to prevent your back from becoming sore and achy by the end of your shopping trip.
Leave your big purse at home.
Your purse may not feel heavy when you first put it on, but walking around with it slung over your shoulder all day can put excess pressure on one side of your back, slowly pulling your spine out of alignment. Leave your big, heavy purse at home and bring just a small, wrist wallet with the essentials along on your shopping trip. If you have a long day planned and think you may need to bring more along with you, leave those items in the glove box in your car instead of toting them around all day.
Make multiple trips back to your car with bags.
Instead of letting your collection of bags grow larger and larger (and heavier and heavier) throughout the day, head back to your car after each store you visit, and deposit those bags. It might take a little longer, but when your back is still feeling great at the end of the day, you'll be happy you took the time.
Choose your shoes wisely.
It is fun to get dressed up before a holiday shopping trip, since it puts you into the spirit of the season. Do not, however, let fashion come before comfort when it comes to your shoes. Walking around all day in heels or other uncomfortable footwear can really strain the muscles in your back. Look for shoes with plenty of arch support and thick soles – and then make them your go-to shopping shoes for the season.
It's easy to get overwhelmed with all you have to do during the holiday season and feel like you have to rush from store to store. Pushing yourself hard all day is not good for your back – or for any part of your body, for that matter. Remember to slow down and take a few breaks throughout the day. Sit and get a cup of coffee, or perch on a bench and do some people watching. This will also lower your stress levels, and since many people carry stress in their backs, you'll be better off.
If you do find yourself experiencing back pain after the busy holiday shopping season, visit a chiropractor like Yaeger Chiropractic sooner rather than later. What's a little soreness now could become much worse if you do not treat it promptly.Share
14 December 2015