The countdown to Christmas has well and truly begun and that means shopping bags are getting heavier, trolleys are getting fuller and we are getting busier!
As a reputable chiropractor in Stoke on Trent, we treat many patients who have suffered back and neck injuries as a result of carrying and lifting – and shopping is a frequent culprit! But the number of injuries usually increases during the Christmas period when the rush to tick off the Christmas list is on and we’re more concerned with playing Santa than looking after our bag-burdened backs.
So, in mindfulness of all you frenzied Christmas shoppers, our leading Stoke on Trent chiropractor has put together three shopping tips that will help you avoid back and neck injuries:
1. Use a Trolley
Even if you are only planning on buying a few items, use a trolley instead of a basket. This will minimise the risk of you straining your back and neck muscles as you shop.
2. Keep Your Back Straight and Bend Your Knees
Whenever you lift a heavy item, keep your back straight and bend at the knees. If you are struggling to lift anything, or it causes you pain or discomfort, ask for help!
3. Keep it Close
A weight held at arm’s length can be perceived as being up to seven times heavier, so keep heavy items close to your body as you carry them.
Here’s to an injury-free Christmas!
Take your first step towards better health and call us on 01782 848 184 today.
Take your first step towards better health and call us on 01782 848 184 today
From the team at City Chiropractic Clinic
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