How To Avoid Back Pain & Injury During the Holidays

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The holidays are almost upon us, and we all likely still have many things to wrap up, from work to holiday shopping, to getting up the tree, and other festive traditions. The holiday time can also bring unwanted stress leading to the most common outcomes of neck and back pain. Here are some tips to help you make the rest of the holiday season more comfortable and enjoyable. 

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Stretch to Prevent Back Injury When Decorating

Decorating you ask? With beautiful Christmas lights and elaborate decorations can come strain on your back. Climbing, bending, twisting, stretching your back to reach high and awkward places. Take a few minutes to get your body warm and stretched before you start putting up your Christmas display. A little bit goes a long way and your back will thank you for limbering up as you reach out from the top of your ladder to put the final touch on your Christmas tree.

Can You Avoid Back Pain When Traveling?

If you are traveling this holiday season, taking care of your back is probably the last thing on your to-do list. During long airplane flights or car rides, you are seated and confined which can add to your neck and back pain. There’s a reason neck pillows are popular to get yourself ready for travel. Don’t let traveling add to your stress while trying to enjoy your family time and festive activities. Especially for car trips, don’t be a stranger to rest stops to stretch your legs and back, and while on the plane, encourage yourself to stand up a few times when the seatbelt sign is off. After your travels, treat yourself to a chiropractic treatment to keep your body healthy so you can keep going. 

Overeating Can Put Pressure on Your Vertebrae & Cause Pain

Overeating probably sounds like a broken record this time of the year, however, the importance of making sure you don’t overeat is still just as high. Indulging during the holidays and partaking in serious overeating can, in fact, put pressure on your vertebrae leading to back pain. The more you eat, the more your stomach expands pushing away from your back which can cause your posture and alignment to shift. Keep your portions small when eating, not only will that help you eat less but is also healthier for your stomach to not reach the point of pain from overeating.

Let SF Custom Chiropractic Help You Take Care of Yourself

Take care of yourself this season and set aside time for a 5 or 10 minute walk, quick yoga, or even simple stretching to start your busy days. This time is helpful for your body and mind as you enjoy the busiest and joyous time of the year. Take care of yourself this holiday season and come visit us. Give yourself a gift of health and relaxation with an alignment, deep tissue massage, and total body wellness.

Check out how you can de-stress even further with a holiday deep tissue massage If you would like to book an appointment, get in touch today.

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