Holiday shopping can be a pain in the neck, literally

Holiday season is ramping up, and with all that good cheer come crowds, long lines, and heavy bags to carry. But a few simple tips can help spare your body from the burden.

On November 3, the American Chiropractic Association issued a news release with the following tips to help you avoid muscle cramps, neck stiffness, and back pain while tackling the holiday rush.

First, dress the part. If you're planning to spend the day shopping or strolling around town checking out the holiday displays, wear comfortable, supportive shoes - not high heels. Also, leave the heavy purse at home and opt to tote only the bare essentials. Backpacks are better for your back and neck than over-the-shoulder bags, experts say.

To avoid back and leg pain while standing in long lines (while not drawing attention to yourself), follow these tips:

  • Spread your toes out as wide as you can and hold for a few seconds and then bring them back to neutral.
  • Bend your knees a little bit, just 5 to 10 degrees, and then straighten them.  
  • Tighten the muscles in your thighs and bottom and hold for 5 seconds and then release.
  • Take pressure of the lower back by doing a subtle pelvic tilt.
  • Roll your shoulders backwards several times and then push your shoulder blades together to stretch out your chest.
  • In addition to stretching, shift your weight and alter your stance every 3 to 5 minutes to give your body a postural break.

To learn more simple holiday-health solutions, visit http://www.acatoday.org/12Days/

 

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