How to avoid online shopping injuries
It can be difficult to go out shopping if you have chronic neck and back pain. Luckily, online shopping makes it easy to find the perfect presents for your loved ones. Spending time shopping on your computer or other devices can come with hazards that are often overlooked. We can help you check everyone off your list and keep yourself feeling good. Here are some tips to help you prevent injuries and avoid back pain while shopping online.
Don’t slouch on the couch
The couch is comfy until you get up hours later with an aching back. Even if it’s at the dining room table, make yourself an ergonomic space to sit with your laptop, tablet or smartphone to avoid back pain while sitting. Sitting at a desk or table can help you maintain a neutral neck position and avoid text neck while you’re shopping on your phone.
Be aware of your surroundings
It may seem tempting to multitask while you’re shopping on your smartphone or tablet, but it can lead to disaster. If you walk and shop, you risk tripping, walking into a wall or another person.
Take a break
Getting up from the computer or looking up from your phone gives you a chance to move and stretch. Sitting for prolonged periods can cause gluteal muscles to weaken and cause pain in your spine or legs called dormant butt syndrome. Give yourself a break after every 20 to 30 minutes of shopping to take pressure off your lower spine.
Sipping sugary hot chocolate while picking gifts seems cozy, but your cup could be full of inflammatory ingredients that can cause spine pain. Try sipping peppermint tea, for a seasonal treat, or hot golden milk, by warming this recipe.
Following these tips can help keep you safe while you get your holiday shopping done. If chronic neck or back pain is keeping you from shopping or doing the things you love, call Laser Spine Institute. We have a caring team who can help you get a free MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.