We’re in the time of year we all look forward to for months, but when we finally get through, we often find we have overdone it. The holiday season is joyful, memorable and usually incredibly busy. If you suffer from chronic back pain, or even if you don’t, overexerting yourself can be a prescription for trouble. If you don’t take care of yourself, you might spend more time recuperating than celebrating. At Total Chiropractic Care and Wellness, we want to help you manage your pain. We do that through chiropractic care and other techniques, and we want to give you tips related to the holiday season.
Total Chiropractic Care Offers Alternatives to Back Surgery
If you suffer from back or neck pain, Total Chiropractic Care can help. We offer safer alternatives to back surgery or potentially addictive prescription painkillers. At Total Chiropractic, we treat each patient as an individual and we will design a treatment that will fit your needs. We treat patients for a variety of reasons. Some have suffered from chronic pain for a long time, others have suffered sports related injuries, and some have sustained injuries, like whiplash, related to a car accident. Whatever the reason, Total Chiropractic Care is there for you all year round, so here’s what you need to know about chiropractic care and the holidays.
Causes of Holiday Back Pain
There are a number of common holiday activities that can lead to back pain, according to Keck Medicine of USC.
- One problem that can hurt you right off the bat is bringing home and decorating a tree. When lugging a large tree into your home and holiday decorations up or down stairs, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
- Traveling can also be a difficult problem, particularly if you’re handling heavy luggage. Don’t just lift and run to the airport gate. Remember to bend from your knees and not your waste.
- Cooking can also be an issue if you’re standing for many hours. It’s a good idea to wear comfortable shoes and stand on a rubber mat.
Avoiding Back Pain While Holiday Shopping
Of course one of the most stressful activities related to the holiday season is shopping and the American Chiropractic Association (ACA ) publication, ACA Today has some tips related to holiday shopping. Shoppers should wear comfortable shoes with lots of cushioning. If you’re not planning to shop online, you should wear comfortable clothes and wear layers if possible. Try not to bring a purse or carry too much with you since you will be carrying your purchases around. If you can get someone to carry your stuff to your car, do it. Make sure to take plenty of breaks and try to have a healthy lunch instead of grabbing junk food.
Also, take care when wrapping all your thoughtful presents. Don’t wrap packages while sitting on the floor as this can hurt your posture. If you are planning to have a wrapping marathon, be sure to stretch before and after you wrap.
Total Chiropractic Will Help You Manage Pain
Total Chiropractic Care hopes you have a relaxing holiday season. If you need help managing your pain during the holidays or in 2019, Total Chiropractic can help. To schedule a consultation, contact us today. Happy Holidays!