Shop Sales Without Subluxations
By Brandi Goodman
The holiday season means shopping for many people. Patrons flock the store aisles as they attempt to find the perfect gifts for their loved ones. Joint restrictions are quick to develop when you shop if you aren't using caution. Your joints and muscles can become overworked, tense, and sore. Shop sales without subluxations by following a few tips.
Consider Holiday Shopping an Athletic Event
The American Chiropractic Association recommends considering your holiday shopping as an athletic event. The body doesn't always adapt well to doing things that it isn't used to doing. You're more likely to be on a mission when shopping during the holidays than any other time of the year. This can put extra stress on your body.
Wearing athletic shoes is the first step. You need a pair that's comfortable and well-fitting and can absorb the impact of the hard store floors. It's also important to stretch. Just like you would before you run a marathon or play in a big game, you want to stretch out your joints before shopping. Lean down to touch your toes. Pull your leg back and stretch your quads. Stand on your toes and reach high. Lean to one side and then slowly to the other. Just simple stretches like these can be a huge help.
Choose Your Drinks and Meals Wisely
Many people stop for a bite to eat or at least grab a drink if they're out shopping for a while. You'll often see a food court at a mall where lots of options are present. Choose your drinks and meals and wisely. You don't want to load up on a burger, fries, and soda. The excessive calories and sugar rush will have you crashing quickly. Instead, fuel your body with fruits, vegetables, and water. You'll get the nutrients your body needs to boost your energy and continue your shopping excursion. Water especially can help to prevent aches as it hydrates your joints and helps to keep them flexible.
Ask for Help
Bulky items or things that are oddly shaped are going to be difficult to carry back to your car. Ask for help so you don't hurt yourself attempting to make the trip. Many stores have special carts or dollies that can transport items like these easily. It's also important to get assistance if something is high up on a shelf you can't reach. Trying to overextend yourself to get it will only cause an ache or pulled muscle. Get someone taller to give you a hand.
Keeping these tips in mind will help you to prevent some potential pain as you shop. If you do develop an ache, visit The Joint Chiropractic. A doctor can help remove joint restrictions or subluxations and restore your body's mind-body connection.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Cary, N.C.