What Not To Wear To The Holiday Party And Why It Causes Back Pain

Ok, I know we don’t like to talk about this, but most people have got their holiday party (or parties!) happening.

And if you, or anyone you know, are anything like my wife, the party outfit will be planned already… or at least ready to be purchased.

Anyway, last year one of my patients came to see me with low-back pain after her work’s Holiday Shing-Dig

Claire is a regular patient at Intecore Physical Therapy, and as a school teacher she’s on her feet for most of the day, and because of this, she usually wears flat shoes to remain comfortable.

But what happened to Claire?  She decided to treat herself to a new pair of heels especially for the party, and even though a pair of stilettos can add the finishing touch to an outfit, they can also cause terrible back pain (and that awful aching feet feeling).

Of course she did not think of this at the time, but the day after, Claire woke up in pain (and no, not from a hangover). The pain in Claire’s back was so bad, that her husband even had to help lift her out of bed and help her put her tennis shoes on.

Even worse, Claire struggled with an aching back all week, that even driving became difficult.

Here’s why – wearing high heels increases the pressure through your back by about 25 times, they can alter the way you walk, and can even lead to bad posture – causing you back pain.

Although it’s tempting to slip on a pair of heels, if you choose a soft cushioned pair of shoes instead, your lower back will experience 25 times less pressure and force placed upon it.

And with all of that dancing that happens at parties, do you really want to put that much strain on your lower-back each time you place your foot on the ground?

So this year why not trade your heels for a pair of well-fitted, cushioned flats. Heels may look good – but is lower-back pain really that fashionable?

If you’re suffering with back pain, or would like to know our top tips on how to avoid it… here’s a free special report with 14 quick easy ways to live with less back pain:

 

Andrew Vertson

Andrew Vertson

Andrew received his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from California State University, Fresno in 1991. He then earned his Master’s degree of Physical Therapy in 1996 and his Doctorate degree of Physical Therapy in 2002 from Loma Linda University. In 1996 he also earned his Certification as an Athletic Trainer. He has also completed extensive post-graduate course work in orthopedic manual therapy through Kaiser-West Los Angeles and the Ola Grimsby Institute.
Andrew Vertson

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