Well, not just yet, but those are the kind of song lyrics that you will hear bellowing through the shops from about now. There’s no doubt the festive period is on its way and that means it’s time to start the Christmas shopping!
While most shops do their best to make Christmas shopping magical by displaying perfectly decorated trees and twinkling fairy lights, the reality is that for most people, it’s still a stressful chore! And if you suffer from back pain, it can be incredibly testing.
Our Southend chiropractor recommends that you stagger your shopping trips over the course of a few days or weeks to reduce the stress and strain on your spine. You should also try to find a parking space that’s close to the shopping centres or arrange a lift if you can. We also advise that you evenly distribute your shopping load across both sides of your body. Distributing the weight evenly will help to reduce pressure in one specific area of your spine.
Other important tips to remember include:
- Drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated
- Lifting and bending at the knees
- Using a trolley instead of a basket
- Avoiding long queues
- Asking for help with any heavy or awkward items
- Carrying heavy loads to close to the body
When online shopping:
- Take regular breaks away from your laptop or computer
- Keep focused on maintaining good posture
- Sit at a comfortable desk or work station instead of slouching on the sofa
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
- Get up, stretch and move around regularly
- Sit in an appropriate chair that offers lumbar support
Back injuries as a result of Christmas shopping are common, but they can easily be avoided by following the simple advice in this article. Plan ahead, take your time and don’t be among the shoppers our chiropractors treat this season. Even something seemingly insignificant such as a muscle strain can lead to long term back problems.
The Team at Cliffs Chiropractor Southend on Sea
And the surrounding areas including Westcliff, Leigh-on-Sea,
Rayleigh, Hockley, Canvey Island, Hadleigh, Rochford and Hullbridge