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The Pain of Standing in Line: Relief Tips

  • Published: 2010-11-03 (Revised/Updated 2012-09-21) : Author: American Chiropractic Association
  • Synopsis: Tips from the American Chiropractic Association to help avoid muscle cramps neck stiffness and back pain while waiting in line.

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The holiday season is here and with it comes lots of reasons for good cheer... but it can also bring added demands and stress for our bodies. Whether you're shopping for presents, waiting to pick up the perfect dessert or checking out a holiday performance, chances are you'll spend a good deal of time standing in line this season.

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) offers the following tips to help you avoid muscle cramps, neck stiffness and back pain while waiting in line.

First, dress the part. If you're planning to spend the day shopping or strolling around town checking out the holiday displays, wear comfortable, supportive shoes - not high heels. It's also a good idea to dress in layers so that you will be comfortable going from outdoors to indoors, and vise-versa. And leave huge shoulder bags at home; bring only those items that are necessary for your day - wallet, keys, cell phone - and consider carrying a fanny pack or a backpack rather than a one-shoulder purse.

Once you're actually in line, there are several stretches that you can do to keep your legs from cramping and your back from aching. Start with your toes and work your way up:

You can find additional suggestions for surviving the holidays healthfully, including advice on nutrition, exercise and stress reduction, on ACA's Web site at www.acatoday.org/12Days

"If the holidays do bring you pain, consider chiropractic care, a natural, drug-free approach to pain-relief and wellness. In addition to manual therapies such as spinal manipulation, doctors of chiropractic are trained to counsel patients on diet, nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, and occupational and lifestyle modification," says ACA President Dr. Rick McMichael. To find a doctor of chiropractic near you, visit www.acatoday.org/findadoc

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), based in Arlington, Va., is the largest professional association in the United States representing doctors of chiropractic. ACA promotes the highest standards of patient care and ethics, and supports research that contributes to the health and well-being of millions of chiropractic patients. Visit www.acatoday.org

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