Have A Happy Back Safe Christmas

 

back care advice at Christmas from our Stoke chiropractorIt is not unusual for our chiropractic clinic in Stoke, to experience an increase in patient appointments in the lead up to Christmas and early in January. This increase is often due to people having suffered back pain while preparing for Christmas or have developed back pain over the Christmas period.

Many of the patients that our chiropractors treat at this time of the year have developed symptoms because of accidents or changes to their behaviour during this period. It is quite surprising how much our routines change over this period and how these changes can impact our backs.

In this post, our Stoke chiropractor has put together advice to help you avoid back pain between now and the New Year.

 

8 Ways To Keep Your Back Safe This Christmas

#1 – Avoid drinking too much alcohol

It’s not unusual for people to indulge more in drinking alcohol over the Christmas season. Unfortunately, excessive alcohol consumption is a common cause of accidents which may lead to back injuries.

Another risk associated with drinking too much alcohol is dehydration. People are often surprised to know that dehydration can affect the spinal discs. Spinal discs are gelatinous discs and are made up of about 80% water. These discs sit between the vertebrae in the spine and cushion the spine and provide shock absorption. Dehydration can affect the ability of the discs to cushion the spine and provide shock absorption which can lead to back pain.

Being sensible with how much alcohol you consume can help you avoid accidents and reduce the risk of dehydration during this period.

 

#2 – Be safe around the home

There’s a lot to get done both leading up to Christmas and over the Christmas period. You’ll probably be rushing around as you clean, wrap presents, move furniture and possibly hang up a few more decorations. Carrying and unloading excessively heavy shopping bags is not an uncommon cause of strains leading to back pain.

When doing these kinds of activities, it’s important to be mindful of your movements. Remember to look after yourself and don’t take on too much work.

 

#3 – Get good quality sleep

As our activities change during this time of year so do the hours we keep. Having more late nights and, if you have children, being woken earlier are the norm. You may find yourself running short on the number of hours you sleep.

Good quality sleep is important for your overall health and this includes the health of your spine. Having a consistent sleep schedule is an important step in creating an environment for good sleep. Catch up on lost sleep and get back into a routine as quickly as possible.

 

#4 – Be mindful of your posture

Who doesn’t sit down to a few more hours of TV watching over the Christmas period? Gaming has also become a past time for many. You may very well have received a super gaming chair for Christmas!

Sitting for prolonged periods can have a negative impact on your posture and can lead to back pain. To avoid this, be mindful of your posture when sitting and avoid spending too much time in a seated position. Take regular breaks from sitting by standing, moving around and doing some stretching.

 

#5 – Keep exercising

If you do exercise regularly, it is tempting to take a break over this period.

Don’t stop exercising completely. One of the best ways to maintain good spinal health is to take regular exercise. Even if you are not hitting the gym or taking a long run, taking a walk is a great way to exercise to keep up your exercise routine. You can even try to persuade the family to get outdoors with you.

 

#6 – Avoid overeating

Let’s admit it, eating is one of the best parts of Christmas. We get to indulge in all kinds of things we wouldn’t necessarily eat at other times. Unfortunately, most of these goodies come with a high calorie count!

Carrying excess weight puts a great deal of pressure on the spine, therefore, weight gain is certainly something we want to avoid. This doesn’t necessarily mean not partaking at all of these pleasures, but it does require being mindful of portion size and not overindulging.

 

#7 – Stay warm

As we all know, it can get pretty cold during the winter. Not only can this be miserable, it can increase the risk of back injuries and generalised back pain.

Staying warm can help prevent these issues from occurring. The additional warmth will help you retain your flexibility in the cold, reducing the risk of injuries and a bad back.

 

#8 – Stay safe lifting and bending

It’s surprising how much more lifting, bending and twisting we do in the lead up to Christmas and into the New Year, and that’s not just dancing to all our Christmas favourites!  Simple activities like grocery shopping, lifting the turkey in and out of the oven and playing with the children can so often lead to back pain.

Whenever you are lifting, bending or twisting, be mindful of the position of your body. This great article from MedlinePlus has more information on correct lifting and bending.

 

Visiting City Chiropractic Clinic in Stoke

If you are suffering from back pain, you can contact our City Chiropractic Clinic in Stoke, by calling 01782 848 184 or you can book online on our website here