The winter months are a great time of year for many reasons. Numerous holidays encourage spending time with friends and family, enjoying delicious food, and decorating the home. Unfortunately, this also puts your back and spine at risk of experiencing pain and discomfort if you aren’t careful.
At Premier Chiropractic & Wellness, we have identified some of the most common activities responsible for tension in the musculoskeletal system over the holidays. Follow these tips and tricks to avoid the dreaded holiday back pain.
Many men and women love cooking during the holiday season because it is a time to break out fancy, delicious recipes for turkeys, hams, green bean casserole, and mountains of cookies. All the time spent in the kitchen can take a toll on the body, though.
To avoid discomfort in the back, neck, and shoulders while cooking, we recommend you sit down and focus on keeping your posture straight while you work. Resist the urge to slump or slouch, as this places too much strain on the upper back and can cause lingering pain.
Whether you are visiting friends, chilling at a Christmas party, or cooking in the kitchen, it is important to have proper support. The right shoes can improve the alignment of your hips and spine, reducing strain while you are active.
It is hard to exercise on a regular basis, and cold weather can eliminate your motivation. However, regular exercise which focuses on building muscle can be your saving grace. When possible, engage in exercise 15 minutes a day to raise your heart rate, improve blood flow, and strengthen the muscles.
Some people go all out while decorating, but lifting heavy objects and stretching too much can cause lasting injuries. While decorating, remember to lift with your knees and avoid putting a strain on your back. Wear supportive shoes, and don’t force yourself when trying to reach objects. Overextension of the muscles can cause consistent pain and discomfort.