Don’t shop till you drop this Christmas. There’s a right way and a wrong way to shop and it’s important to recognise the physical strain that shopping can place on your body and your back in particular.
We find that there are more back, neck and shoulder injuries suffered during the run up to Christmas and eventually evaluated and treated at Gorey Family Chiropractic than at any other time of year and there’s a few different reasons for this.
Many times people walk long distances on uneven and unforgiving surfaces. Some battle on in high heel shoes trying to carry heavy bags coupled with standing in queues. The constant struggle with bulky bags over a long day can place huge stress and strain on your spine but particularly if you’ve had back pain before.
The team here at Gorey Family Chiropractic Clinic have put together a list of potential aggravatory factors to help inform you on what to watch out for and ease the strain on your back this Christmas!Survival Guide Tips: 1. Take your time shopping. ”But I haven’t got enough time”, we hear you say. Organisation is the key to success for anyone who is recovering from a back injury. Have a clear plan of action, of where to go & what you need to get. It is important to give yourself time, so that you can factor in a couple of coffee breaks to take strain off your back even for just a few minutes. The pressure of walking with bags all day can send an unstable low back over the edge so pace yourself according to your stage of recovery and strength. Bear in mind also that stress also leads to increased tension and a greater chance of muscle strain.
2. Park close to the shops.This is really important for anyone with a current injury. There’s nothing worse than having to walk miles and miles back to the car, with your hands full of shopping bags, feeling a deep soreness in your shoulders or low back. It’s a definite recipe for disaster! Instead, park the car close by and do a few trips with lighter bags. Your body will definitely thank you for it. 3. Start off light and consider your shoes. Ladies, empty any enormous handbags of any unnecessary weight or opt for a smaller bag and only carry essential items that you need for the day ahead. A bag that you can carry across your body is far better for distributing weight more effectively than a one sided model. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes, no high heels. You know you will suffer otherwise! 4. Carrying and Lifting Bags the Right Way. Carry shopping bags evenly in each hand to distribute weight – where you can access trolleys, throw everything in and give your shoulders a break. Try not to carry parcels or shopping in front of you as this can cause greater strain on your lower back. Remember also to bend those knees when lifting off the floor and think about tightening the tummy muscles when lifting heavy groceries into and out of cars. This helps support your spine when you do so.
This is an area where people can come unstuck. Get help bringing the groceries out at the supermarket if you know you need it it’s best not to take the chance if it can be avoided. 5. Dress for the weather. It sounds obvious but there is a relationship for some between the cold weather and increased muscle strain. Holding yourself stiff if you re feeling the cold places strain on muscle tissues, which for some can lead to strain or in the worst case spasm.The neck and shoulders are particularly sensitive to this problem so think about wearing extra layers and wear a scarf if you’ve suffered neck problems in the past. 6. Can heavy items be bought online? For bigger heavier items, check if they can be purchased online and minimize the hassle and the strain. Hopefully this guide will help troubleshoot some of the most common causes of back pain seen at Gorey Family Chiropractic. New Injury Requiring Evaluation and Treatment this Christmas? For anyone who has unfortunately recently injured their back or who is suffering back or neck pain that requires treatment we will have appointments as normal in the run up to Christmas and during Christmas week on Christmas Eve morning and as normal on the 27th and 28th of December. Call the practice team on 053 94 83338 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“We don’t just wish you Good Health this Christmas and New Year, Gorey Family Chiropractic will help you to achieve it”