Your Chiropractic Guide to Mall Shopping
By Brandi Goodman
Shopping at the mall typically involves several hours and numerous store visits. You don't want to leave the large shopping center feeling sore and tired. With some chiropractic guidance, you can finish your long day of making purchases pain-free.
Use Athletic Footwear
Never spend the day shopping in high heels or flats. Your feet, legs, and lower back are bound to be aching by the end of the trip. Instead, use athletic footwear that's comfortable and offers plenty of support. It will help you make it from one end of the mall to the other with no pain in sight.
Bring Bags to the Car
You shouldn't walk from one store to the next, carrying all of the bags you acquire. The weight will be far too much for you to handle, and you'll end up with some serious back and shoulder pain. Instead, it's wise to take regular breaks to bring your bags to the car. Then you're free to shop without bags on your arms getting in your way.
Take Breaks and Stretch
When you do take these bag breaks to unload yourself, you should stretch as well. It can help to keep your joints limber so you're able to handle a longer shopping trip. Even something as simple as raising up onto your toes and back down, and then raising up on your heels and back down can really be helpful in stretching out your calves. Raise your arms above your head or put them behind your back to give them a simple stretch as well. They're most likely tired after carrying bags back and forth.
Be sure to get a drink as well -- water is the best solution. It can keep your joints hydrated and feeling well. You don't want to get burnt out quickly off caffeine or sugary beverages. Find a drinking fountain when you can or purchase a bottle of water from a place in the food court.
A full day spent shopping isn't usually the best idea. If you have a lot to buy, it's better to break it up into several trips. If you're already at the mall and want to get everything accomplished at once, though, you can do so with less pain if you keep some chiropractic guidance in mind. If you still leave the area feeling sore, a visit to The Joint Chiropractic is in order. They have extended hour weekdays and are also open on the weekend.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Roseville, Calif.