Chiropractic Tips for Cashiers This Holiday Season
By Brandi Swieter
Cashiers may not seem like they have a difficult job. Many shoppers see store workers as simply the people who scan their goods so they can take them home. Cashiers have a job that actually proves harsh on the body, often having to stand for hours at a time and leaving the back stiff and tight. With a few chiropractic tips, cashiers can make it through this holiday work season easier than before.
Choose the Right Socks
Many people focus on selecting the perfect pair of shoes to wear while they work. While this aspect is important, as sturdy shoes with proper arch support keeps the feet and legs from getting worn out quickly, the socks play just as much of a role in this. A pair of tight crew socks worn up the legs may feel restrictive after a few hours and cut off circulation to the legs. They can also soak up sweat easily and make workers feel uncomfortable. Cashiers should wear compression socks as often as possible to improve blood flow to the legs and feet. Socks with heel support and that can wick away moisture are also ideal for those who tend to sweat a lot.
Stretch During the Shift
Even if a cashier has to stand at their register for hours at a time, it doesn’t mean he or she can’t get some stretches in to help improve their circulation. While standing at the register, in between customers, cashiers can rise up onto their toes and lower themselves back down. They can also do it the opposite way by rising up onto the back of their feet and lowering back down as well. This move helps to stretch the calves and get blood flowing. A couple quick lunges can do the job, too.
Bring a Padded Mat
Certain stores may not allow such a thing, but it’s worth it to check. A padded mat at each station would help cashiers keep some distance between their feet and the hard floor, improving their leg and back pain throughout the day. Whether a person brings a small mat to stand on, a thick rug, or even a folded towel, any sort of padding will do.
After a long day of doing cashier work and standing the entire duration, many store workers find themselves feeling beyond sore and tired. The holiday season has many cashiers working overtime as more and more shoppers need to start getting their holiday meals purchased and gifts bought. A trip to the chiropractor can help if the tips used don’t quite do the trick on a particularly hard day. The Joint Chiropractic offers extended hours so more cashiers can get the chance to head in after their shift or during the following weekend.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Phoenix, Ariz.