- When out shopping wear comfortable shoes, with a low heel and that are closed in at the front for the most support for your feet.
- Take regular breaks and sit for a coffee break when out for the day Christmas shopping.
- Put things at the front of the boot of the car so they are easier to lift out.
- To avoid neck and shoulder pain – avoid carrying very heavy bags, put small amounts in two bags and carry on both shoulders or in both hands.
- Plan your shopping trip and your car parking to save on walking and carrying bags.
- Bring a wheelie case along to carry all your shopping on the day.
- When lifting, bend your knees not your back to avoid back pain.
- Carry heavy shopping bags close to your body to avoid injuries.
- Don’t overstretch when reaching for something – ask someone for help.
- When standing in long queues, shift your weight from foot to foot.
- Walk with your stomach in and hips tucked slightly under, roll your feet from heel to toe for a natural stride.
- Do several small trips rather than one long shopping day.
- Do your present wrapping sitting at a table rather than standing and bending over it or kneeling on the floor.
- While putting your Christmas decorations up, use a steady stool or ladder to reach those higher places.
If you do develop back pain, use a heat pack on the lower spine to ease the pain. Sit in supportive chairs and get up regularly to move around. Try and stay active over the Christmas break, a walk daily will ease any aching joints or back pain.
If you are suffering pain, call us today for an appointment at Motion Physio Clinic. I will be working in the clinic until lunchtime on Christmas Eve and I will be back in the clinic again on Tuesday 29th morning if you need an appointment over the Christmas period. Happy Christmas to all!