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Eight Ways to Prevent Back & Neck Muscle Pain While Standing in Shopping Lines

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.

Follow these tips to help you avoid muscle cramps, neck stiffness and back pain while waiting in line. Start with your toes and work your way up:

  • Spread your toes out as wide as you can and hold for a few seconds and then bring them back to neutral.
  • Stand on one foot while you rotate the opposite ankle and then switch legs.
  • To stretch your calves, lean forward on your toes keeping your legs straight. Bend your knees a little bit, just 5 to 10 degrees, and then straighten them.
  • Tighten the muscles in your thighs and bottom and hold for 5 seconds and then release.
  • Tuck your butt underneath while sticking your bellybutton out then switch and stick your butt out. This pelvic tilt can be a very small movement, but it is great for taking the pressure off your lower back.
  • Roll your shoulders backwards several times and then push your shoulder blades together to stretch out your chest.
  • Open our hands as wide as you can and then gently close them.
  • In addition to stretching, shift your weight and alter your stance every 3 to 5 minutes to give your body a postural break.

 

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