How to Avoid Holiday Back Pain

Published December 15th, 2020 by Dr. Hoder

The holidays certainly look different this year, but it is still a time filled with festivities. The decorating, shopping, and time spent with loved ones brings some much-needed cheer, but the hustle and bustle can also make it a painful time of year. Pushing your body outside of its comfort zone can make it hard to keep up, and we often treat patients in the winter for old injuries that flare up along with new ones. Here are our tips to help you avoid back pain and strain this holiday season. 

Holiday Decorating Tips

Whether you’re stretching to put up decorations indoors or climbing a ladder to hang holiday lights, holiday decorating can strain your body. Avoid back or neck problems by taking your time and maintain proper posture. When carrying heavy boxes of decorations, remember to lift properly and use your legs, not your back and ask for help whenever you can. 

Holiday Travel Tips

We may see a decrease in travel this year, but there are still many people that are heading to the airport or hitting the road. All those hours spent cramped up in a small seat and hauling heavy luggage can put added stress on your neck, shoulders, and spine. When traveling, listen to what your body needs, provide it with support, and practice in-seat stretches. These simple steps can help prevent pain from making an appearance later on. 

Holiday Shopping Tips

Whether you’re shopping online or in-store, it can put strain on your body. If you are headed to the mall, wear supportive footwear for trekking across the mall and don’t carry heavy bags for too long. You can always stop by your car to drop off some of your purchases. When shopping online, try not to slouch over your computer and give yourself a stretch break every hour. 

Get Adjusted at Markson Chiropractic

If back or neck pain are a concern for you this holiday season, an adjustment at your local South Florida chiropractor may be the solution! Don’t force yourself to pay the uncomfortable price of pain when a few simple preventative measures can protect your body from injury so you can enjoy a pain-free holiday season. To get started, just click here to contact us.

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