4 Ways to Avoid Holiday Shopping-Related Back Pain

Gift shopping frenzy can leave your muscles and joints sore

With only a few days left in 2015, holiday shopping is ramping up to a frenzied pace. As you rush around to take care of your last-minute tasks, bear these tips in mind to prevent back-related injuries from occurring:

Prepare for Physical Activity

Let's face it, walking the aisles looking for gifts and decorations can be exhausting. The intensity of a full day of holiday shopping requires a lot more physical movement than most of us incur the rest of the year, even for those who shop regularly each week.

Prepare for this activity like you would a sporting event. You need to stay hydrated by drinking half a gallon of water throughout the day. Wear comfortable shoes that will keep your feet and legs feeling their best under exertion. Pack lightly with a smaller purse and wear clothes that will not restrict your movement.

You Deserve a Break

Yes, you have a lot more errands to run, and the temptation is to condense all of the tasks into the shortest amount of time possible. The risk, though, is that as your body tires over the course of the day, you are much more prone to injury. The shopping bags feel heavier and you are more likely to jerk the bags as you pick them up or put them down, which can strain your muscles and impact your joints. Work in regular breaks to give you time to relax, recuperate, and enjoy the day. As you're resting, enjoy a healthy snack, and avoid caffeine and sweets that can add stress to your body.

Massage Therapy

The day after an intense day of shopping will find your muscles and joints sore. Gerber Chiropractic offers Deep Tissue Massage Therapy that will relieve the build up of lactic acid in your muscles, and get your joints feeling better again. Deep tissue massage reduces stress hormone levels and heart rate while boosting mood and relaxation by triggering your body to release the feel-good hormones oxytocin and serotonin.

Wrap It Up

Like you, we've tried wrapping gifts on a table, on the bed, on the floor only to come to the realization that there is no ergonomic way to wrap gifts. This activity requires a lot of changing positions to get through wrapping all of the presents. Try wrapping one gift while standing at a table, the next gift seated at the table, the next one leaning over the bed, then back to the table. The changing of movement and body positions helps to keep the blood flow circulating throughout the body.

One position to avoid is wrapping on the floor. Not only will this position be more inclined for pet hair to stick to the tape, but it also wreaks the most havoc on your posture.

After your marathon shopping trip, schedule a visit with Gerber Chiropractic. We'll put your joints and posture back in order, and can provide a much-needed massage to get you feeling great for the holidays again. Call (702) 878-0056 to book your appointment today.