Shop Pain-free for the School Season
By Brandi Swieter
School shopping can take a toll on the body. With so much to buy and often hours required to get it all accomplished, many parents leave their school shopping trip feeling beyond exhausted. To keep the excursion pain-free and more manageable than usual, it’s important for parents to follow some safety protocols that can help tremendously.
Stretch Out the Body
The joints and muscles within the body get worked out just by shopping. For this reason, it is necessary for parents to stretch before they head out to purchase school clothes and supplies. A quick walk around the block, some quad stretches, and shoulder stretches will all go a long way for getting the body warmed up and prepared for the shopping to come.
Carry a Fanny Pack or Backpack
Many moms shop with a purse around their shoulder. Especially if this purse is heavy, the extra weight on one side of the body only can cause significant damage. The back and shoulder can quickly start to ache. Avoid carrying a purse while shopping; choosing a super lightweight backpack or a fanny pack instead does more good. Neither of these places an uneven amount of weight on the body that can cause strain.
Rent a Locker
Some stores or shopping centers have a locker available for rent. Those who prefer to place their purses inside, and even a few items that they’ve purchased, can do so. It saves people having to walk all over with too many items already in their position. If the locker gets full or there isn’t one available, the other option is to transfer bags to the car between stores to avoid carrying too much excess weight.
Drink Water Only
Parents may think they need a lot of caffeine to get through an early day of shopping with their kids. Though this may be true, caffeine can actually place extra stress on the body. It is not good to consume if a person is going to be working out, which a shopping trip boils down to. It’s important that back to school shoppers drink only water before, during, and after the trip to bring the most benefits to their bodies.
Shop for the school season pain-free by following this advice. It’s better to shop carefully and space out the job than to tackle it all at once and leave feeling achy and sore. Visit The Joint Chiropractic after a school shopping trip if any pain is still experienced. Some joint restrictions within the body may be to blame, and an assessment will be needed to make that determination.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Roseville, Calif.