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Posted on 11-23-2015

Behold, Black Friday Cometh! 

It has been estimated that more than 152 million people will shop on Black Friday either via internet or in the stores with the crowds.

Whether you are one of "those" people or not, here are some tips to help you avoid pain throughout the month of December.

Warm Up

Before shopping, do some warm up exercises. Warm up your muscles by jogging in place, deep breathing, a few toe touches and stretches. Sounds silly, we know, but warm muscles are less likely to strain and burn as you sprint from store to store or play tug-o-war over that sweater!

Travel light, ladies. Leave the big purse at home.

You will most likely not need the manicure set, 3 bottles of hand sanitizer, a bottle of hot sauce, and the partridge in a pear tree. Even after you have chosen a lightweight, small purse be sure you carry it by the handle down by your side. When you place weight on your shoulder, as most women do, you are placing stress on your neck and spine. You might wake up the day after shopping with a stiff neck. That's no fun!

Be smart about how many bags you carry at a time.

We know you have your list and you'll be checking it twice. But be nice to your body and pace yourself. Make several trips to the car to unload if necessary. Repeat after us, "I am not a pack mule."

Tips to avoid pain while shopping also include such great advice as take someone with you to help you carry the loot and to remind you to lift with your legs. Better yet, why not complete your shopping at home in your robe and fuzzy slippers, drinking eggnog by the fireplace as you search for free shipping coupon codes and simply press "place order."

All joking aside, we care about your health. Take care as you shop. Pay attention to your body and when it tells you to take a break, please take a break.

Contact us if you overdo your day, we can help get you back in line. Pardon the Chiropractic humor.

One last thing, don't forget to hydrate.

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