Are Your Shopping Trips Increasing Your Back Pain?
Figuring out the source of your lower right back pain can be more difficult than you think, especially since so many actions and activities can cause it. One habit many people never think about as being a contributor to back pain is shopping. Believe it or not, shopping can create lower right back pain if you aren’t careful and take the proper precautions. But with a little preparation beforehand and being conscious of certain things during your shopping trip, you can keep your spine health in good condition.
Wear Supportive Shoes When Shopping
It’s tempting to just slip on some sandals or flip-flops when you’re going out for a quick shopping trip. Many people even wear them on longer shopping trips since they are cool and comfortable, and you don’t have to take the time to put on socks. But this decision could contribute to some of the lower right back pain you’re experiencing.
Shoes without backs on them can make your feet slide around slightly. This movement isn’t usually enough to make you lose your balance, but it is enough to make your body distribute weight unevenly and put additional strain on your back muscles. The best thing to do is wear flexible shoes with backs and good cushion, even on short shopping trips.
Unload Items From Your Purse
Many women have their purse filled with everything they could possibly need. While there are some essentials you should carry around with you, consider going through it and removing unessential items to lighten the load. A heavy purse can make your shoulders become off-balance and have a negative impact on your spine health. If you have a hard time deciding which items you don’t need to carry around with you, consider switching to a smaller one so fewer items will fit in it.
Use A Shopping Cart When Possible
The more items you carry in bags, over your shoulders or in your arms, the more you are unevenly distributing weight throughout your body. The easy solution to this is to use a shopping cart if you are purchasing multiple items in a particular store. Also, if you’re going to several stores in one trip, consider unloading your items in your vehicle after every purchase so you don’t have to carry around the extra weight and potentially put a strain on your back.
DBC Active Spine Care® isn’t your average spine and orthopedic center. Our revolutionary technique for curing and preventing back pain has resulted in positive results for 90% of our more than 150,000 patients worldwide. If you are experiencing back pain of any severity and are seeking solutions, contact us to see how our spine adaptive functional restoration program can benefit you.