Holiday Shopping can be a pain in the back!

We’ve all experienced it, that tired and sore back from walking the malls, carrying bags of gifts, tension from not finding the right item for that special person. For many of us, that’s just a sign of the season and a good night’s rest puts us right back on top of the game. But, does it really? If that lower back pain or the pain between the shoulder blades only happens one day a year, then you are probably one of the lucky few that can sleep it off and be straight and great the next morning. But, for most of us, when we really stop to think about it, find that this is a problem that happens more and more as the years go by. We tend to think that it’s just old age creeping in…we’re just not like we were in the good old days!

We have talked about how spinal misalignment can bring about dysfunction in the organs and muscles of the body in previous blogs. But, with all the stress and exercise that the holiday season brings, it is probably a subject worth revisiting.

More often than not, that muscle pain you feel during the Holiday Season – and other busy times in your life – is a result of those muscles trying to make up for a misaligned spine, what we call subluxation. If the vertebrae in your spine are not lined up correctly, the muscles in your back have to work harder as they attempt to correct the problem and, at the same time, keep you upright and functioning. Since they are working harder than they should have to, any extra strain on them from being on your feet too long or carrying heavy packages causes them to tire more quickly. To compensate, they try to work harder. That’s when the back pain starts. And the more you irritate it, the more pain you feel.

Yes, we all feel the symptoms of overworked muscles from time to time. That’s normal. But when those symptoms come more frequently or continue beyond a good night’s sleep, more than likely it is a situation involving a misaligned spine.

The good news is that, with treatments from a Chiropractor, that spine and those affected muscles can be brought back into a healthy relationship which, in turn, will alleviate most, if not all, of that occasional back pain. With proper care, you don’t have to go visit that pain any more.

Remember, as we have often discussed in these articles, that pain is normally just a symptom of a more serious problem. It is your body’s way of informing you something is not right. It is also your brain trying to tell you that you really need to do something differently than you are. Perhaps it is time you have your spinal alignment evaluated and, if necessary, corrected.