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Smart Ways to Enjoy Fashion, Skip Pain

By Sandy Schroeder

As temperatures drop and the pace quickens, it’s fun to swing into the fall season. But paying attention when you shop for purses, backpacks, totes and new shoes is always a smart move.  Ask anybody who struggles with shoulder pain or sore feet. When you are out there, making the right choices counts.

Smart Choices in Heels and Flats

Those shoes that you can’t live without may not be so livable if you wind up standing for hours in three inch heels. Spine specialists suggest choosing heels carefully, and carrying a pair of low heels as backup.

High heels tilt the pelvis and stress the lower back, creating a hyper-arched spine that could lead to sciatic back and leg pain.

Foot specialists suggest choosing a wedge to increase the surface area, improving stability.  It’s also a good idea to back up flats with another pair of shoes that have an arch support to absorb shock. Best advice: treat your feet carefully and give them as much support as possible whenever you can.

Quick Ways to Choose the Best Tote

Do a quick review of the contents and make sure the bag weight is not more than 10 percent of body weight. At the same time, opt for a set of wide straps to divide the weight and provide good support. Then you will have the bag you need, on duty for all day backup, minus the pain of a sore neck or shoulders. If you can’t live without that single shoulder strap fashion tote, keep the weight as low as possible and alternate shoulders when you use it.

How Your Chiropractor Can Help

As you select totes for you, and backpacks for your kids, get some help from your local chiropractor if you need it. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, injuries related to backpacks and totes send more than 7,000 people to the emergency room every year. Don’t be on that list.

Licensed chiropractors are trained to diagnose and treat all sorts of back problems. They can help sort out pain symptoms, evaluate the situation, and supply the best tips to keep you and your family moving comfortably.

When you stop by, The Joint Chiropractic near you has simplified everything. Private, affordable care programs have eliminated the need for insurance, and extended weekend and evening hours make visits convenient. No appointments are needed. See you there.


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