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Holiday Shopping and Alleviating Back Pain

Don’t Shop Until You Drop

Some patients have complained that they don’t know what hurts worse, how light their wallet gets during the holidays or the aches and pains associated with shopping. We may not be able to help you with your wallet, however we can give you some tips to avoid pain while shopping.

1. Dress Appropriately

Before you leave your house be sure you are wearing loose, comfortable clothing and supportive shoes. The type of shoe you choose drastically impacts your posture, therefore you should stray away from high heels or flip flops and consider tennis shoes instead. Also, be sure to leave your large bulky purses at home and opt for something smaller like a wristlet or cross-body bag. Heavy purses add extra stress to your muscles and cause you to shift your posture in order to compensate for the extra weight. If you must carry a lot of items, consider utilizing a back pack which will distribute the weight more evenly across your shoulders.

2. Pack Healthy Snacks

While you are at home, pack nutritious snacks that will help you keep energized and allow you to avoid the long lines at the food court. Fast food often leaves people feeling lethargic, so consider avoiding it altogether and opt for healthier options instead. Examples of snacks you could pack are almonds, dried fruit, string cheese, pumpkin seeds or an apple! Also, be sure to take time to drink water throughout the day so you can stay hydrated and feeling great.

3. Rest

Shopping for the holidays can be an all-day affair, so be sure to take breaks to sit down and relax. Consider taking a 10 minute break every couple hours to rest your feet and stretch. This is the perfect time to look over your shopping list and cross off items you already purchased.

4. Consider shopping online

Now that so many stores are offering online shopping, often you can find equal or better prices online than you can in the physical stores. Not only does this allow you to shop from the comfort of your own home, but it also alleviates the stress of going to the mall and carrying around all of your packages. Be sure to sign up for each stores email alerts in order to receive any coupons, free shipping, and discounts they may have.

For additional information regarding Gateway Spine and Pain Physicians, please visit or call (630) 226-1130.