Christmas can be such a busy time of year! Make sure you make time for yourself to relax and enjoy it! Stress can have a huge impact on your back pain so try not to let stress take over this festive season.
Fun as though it may be to sit on the floor wrapping your Christmas presents in front of the TV – please don’t be tempted!! This position can be very harmful to your back. The best way is to stand at a high counter top or at least sit at a table to wrap your presents. Also make sure you don’t try to do it all in one go, take regular breaks to stretch or walk around.
Make putting the decorations up a group activity and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Watch you’re not lifting or carrying too much and be careful to avoid too much bending and twisting whilst putting the decorations up.
Be careful how much you are carrying and lifting, especially at the supermarket this Christmas. Try to carry bags in both hands to balance out the load on the body. Also avoid over stretching by putting your heavy bags at the front of the boot in the car. Again, ask for help where possible.
Difficult as it is at Christmas to maintain a healthy eating schedule, it’s all about trying to create balance in your diet. Many of us over-indulge at this time of year but make sure not to ignore all of your good habits and it is important to drink lots of water and to stay hydrated…your body will thank you for it!
Try not to forget your normal exercise regimes during this festive period. Christmas can be a time we tend to sit around in our pyjamas watching Christmas films (which is great) but we must keep active and going for a brisk walk is a great way to keep your joints moving well.
It is important to try and stay warm when you are out and about. Keeping warm will keep your muscles and joints more relaxed and less likely to cause you pain.
This can be tricky, many of us travel visiting friends and family around this time of year. As far as possible try to plan your journey in advance and avoid busy periods which may lead to you sitting in traffic for long periods of time. If you have a long drive, take regular pit stops and have a walk, stretch and a drink before setting off again.
If you are stopping over this can be tricky, staying on a new mattress or even worse the dreaded airbed which gradually deflates through the night! There is no easy way around this one, but it may help to at least take your pillow from home with you to protect your neck and in the morning, try to stretch and walk to loosen your spine off before the day begins.
We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! Look after yourselves and should you hit a problem come and see us at the Clinic.
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