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Why Does My Back Hurt After Shopping?

This a very busy time of year for everyone, and many people are running around trying to get those last minute Christmas gifts for their special loved ones. But have you ever been left wondering, "why does my back hurt after shopping?"

Some people spend hours at the mall going store to store trying to find that perfect gift.
Then, when they get home, they might notice an ache in their back that can sometimes become quite severe.

I see this type of thing in my office all of the time. People ask me, "why does my back hurt when all I did was go shopping?"

While this seems like an insignificant task, it actually places A LOT OF STRESS on the spine.
The bottom line is that our bodies are not meant to stroll around on concrete floors for hours on end.

They were meant for fast-paced walking across uneven ground. This type of activity activates muscles and requires various joints to work the way they are supposed to. This leads to less stress on the spine and usually no pain or back problems.

So what are you supposed to do now that your back is sore from shopping?

The best cure is prevention. Next year, I would recommend doing smaller shopping trips to one or two stores at a time, that way you can walk briskly and not have to spend too much time on those concrete floors.

However, my best recommendation is to do what I do. Shop online, stay at home, avoid the crowds and exercise.

This way you save time, money and avoid that nagging back pain that could ruin your holiday. This can also be a very stressful time of year for people and avoiding crowds can greatly reduce that. Stress leads to pain and pain leads to a lousy Christmas.

If you are experiencing pain or discomfort this time of year, it is never too late to seek the help of a physiotherapist or chiropractor. They will meet with you and help you find a solution to your pain so that it does not interfere with your holiday plans.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

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What You Absolutely MUST DO To Be Healthy And FREE FROM PAIN in 2017

As we enter 2017, many people have goals and resolutions related to their health that they want to achieve.  For most people this means getting more active because, for whatever reason, they have not been as active as they should be. 

Don't feel bad if you have slacked on your exercise program in 2016, almost nobody gets the amount of exercise our bodies really need. 

Every day we wake up, get in our cars, drive to work, most of us sit at a desk or work in awkward positions for hours on end, get in our cars, drive home, sit down for dinner, then proceed to rest on the couch and perhaps watch TV or converse with family. 

Unfortunately this does not allow much room for exercise unless we take deliberate action to drive to the gym and work out.

But let's be honest, most of us don't even have time to do that.  The demands of everyday life take up all of our time and we are left with little time to take care of ourselves.  Unfortunately, this is one of the top reasons we all suffer with pain, usually at one point in our life or another.  Our bodies just are not getting the amount of activity they need. 

You see, before the days of desk jobs, people's daily jobs and activities involved getting active because they did not have the modern conveniences of shopping at a store for food or turning on a machine to clean their clothes.  These are the types of things that used to be done by hand and involved physical activity. 

So, we all know that physical activity is important and now we know why do one really does it.  So what's the solution?

The solution is to incorporate physical activity into your everyday routine.  This requires some creative thinking and maybe some help from your Chiropractor or Physiotherapist, but let me give you a few examples. 

One thing to do is a couple of minutes of stretching when you rise from bed and before your lay your head down at night.  Bend over, touch your toes, arch your back, twist from side to side, bend your head from side to side and twist your neck back and forth a few times.  You can even do this kind of thing while making the trek to the coffee machine.  Your can also stretch your arms above your head and reach to the roof.  

Another suggestion is to hang a bar from a doorway you walk through all the time and every time you pass under it hang there for a few seconds, or at least grab the bar and pull up a little bit.  Eventually you can work your up to doing pull ups.  There are a few companies that sell pull up bars for your doorway. 

One final suggestion is to stand while watching a tv show and stretch or stand while chatting with your family and stretch.  You might look goofy but this will go a long way to help your joints and muscles stay healthy as you age. 

If you need more help incorporating exercise into your daily routine, or you are wondering what exercises you should be doing then speak to our Chiropractor or Physiotherapist.  We can help you come up with a plan that works for you!

 

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Teri Brantford, ON

I have been for chiropractic treatment many times at Brant Wellness and Rehab. Lanna always gives a warm reception when you arrive, and Dr. Spenser Dougley is a doctor that you know is listening! I have had fantastic results! I couldn’t get out of a chair this morning without excruciating pain. Had a treatment this afternoon and wow, I am moving 10X better

5 stars

Becky St. George, ON

I have been seeing Dr. Spenser for a few years. When I started seeing him I was a mess. I was in constant daily pain that would often land me on the couch with ice packs. My ankles and wrists used to hurt so much, that after going on a class trip with my kids, I would get tons of pain in my feet and ankles for days. And even something as simple as making dinner would hurt my wrists to the point where I wore braces on them just to help the pain. Now I very seldom have ankle or wrist pain since Dr. Spenser has worked on removing my scar tissue in those areas. I also have much less debilitating headaches. We are still working on that area, but have made great progress! I highly recommend seeing him. Chiropractors aren't all about backs! They can help the pain in your joints too!

5 stars

Stephanie Brantford, ON

I love the gentle approach Dr. Spenser takes to his treatments as the typical “snap” and “crack” treatments have never been very comforting to me.

5 stars