Christmas Countdown!

01 Dec 2011

As we move into December, Christmas preparations can really start in earnest; help your back, mind your posture and keep in tip top condition!

Hitting the shops?

  • Make sure that you wear comfortable shoes when pounding the pavements and try to carry your shopping bags evenly in each hand. Better still, wear a backpack to distribute the load, or take your purchases back to the car at regular intervals. Ladies, don’t carry extra, unnecessary weight in that enormous handbag! Only carry the essential items that you need for the day ahead and try to use a cross-body bag, as this distributes the weight much more effectively.

Getting online

  • Abandoning the shops? If you can’t be bothered with the crowds, then do your Christmas shopping online. However, make sure that you are sitting comfortably when sat using the computer. Try to have your feet flat on the floor, your bottom at the back of your seat, your shoulder-blades touching the seat back, arms relaxed with the elbows at desk level and your spine supported. Take regular breaks; never sit at the computer for more than 40 minutes without a break, less if possible.

Party time!

  • This is the time that the Christmas party season starts. Save your killer heels for the parties and spare your feet and spine the rest of the time by favouring ‘flatties’. When wearing your party shoes try to remember your posture – keep your knees ‘soft’ and try to keep your ear, shoulder, hip and knee aligned with your tummy muscles gently contracted to support your low back. Take a pair of ballet pumps with you for your walk home, or when your party feet get too tired.

Exe Chiropractic Clinic is located in central Exeter. Chiropractic is a safe, non-invasive treatment approach to musculoskeletal problems (lower back pain, neck pain, headaches). To book a consultation with a chiropractor call us on 01392 690200 or email us on We look forward to seeing you soon!

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