holiday-shopping-avoid-back-painDon’t shop ‘til you drop this holiday season. Here are some helpful tips on preventing back pain while holiday shopping:

  • Dress comfortably and wear shoes with arch supports and cushioning. Avoid high heels.
  • Drink water. Dehydration contributes to muscle spasms and fatigue.
  • Use a shopping cart whenever possible to reduce strain on your back.
  • If you have to carry a package, hold it right in front of you and close to your body. If you have multiple bags, distribute the weight evenly on each side of your body.


David J. BenEliyahu, DC, DAAPM, DABCSP is the Administrative Director of the Back & Neck Pain Center at Mather Hospital.

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