It’s that time of year again! Carols on the radio, lights twinkling as the nights continue to draw in, that sense of excitement in the air! Don’t let back pain spoil this magical time.
Here are some things to bear in mind this festive season:
As the weather gets colder, be aware of potential slip hazards on icy patches, and of course, wear sensible shoes!
We suggest do this in short bursts rather than one, long, stressful event which could add to tension on your back. Avoid overloading yourself with heavy bags – try wearing a rucksack to even the load. Park close to the shops to lessen the strain on your back and consider returning to your car every so often to offload some bags.
As ever, sitting for long periods takes its toll on your back so take a break every 15 minutes. Write your cards and wrap your presents sitting up at a table rather than sitting on the floor. And don’t forget your posture! See our other blog which deals with this area.
If your artificial tree is in the loft, make sure you get help to retrieve it so you avoid too much lifting, twisting and stretching. Asking for help applies to manoeuvring real trees, too, as they are especially heavy. As for decorating the tree, be careful when you bend down and reach up to place those baubles. Use a step or ladder if necessary and remember our top tips
Relax – but not too much!
While resting up has its benefits, doing it for prolonged periods isn’t going to be good for your back. When you’re sitting, remember your posture, and –no excuses – keep up with at least 30 minutes of gentle activity 3 to 5 times a week.
In the end, enjoy!!! (pain free!)
If you would like to make sure your back is in the best shape possible before the festivities begin, get in touch!