Keep Your Spine Healthy this Festive Season
Christmas will be upon us sooner than we expect, our decorations in the clinic are now up and we are all getting into the festive spirit.
We have been getting into the holiday spirit with our first Guildford Spine Centre Christmas party. Now we have a full reception team and Kristina our second Chiropractor we felt it was time to celebrate another year. We had a fantastic lunch at Positanos and then made our way to complete an escape room, as recommended by one of our patients. With mixed results but a great time we managed to escape and enjoyed our time trying to do so.
Now that Christmas is here we have 5 tips to keep your spine healthy this December.
- Stay Active Amidst the Festivities:
The holiday season often involves a lot of sitting, whether it’s during family gatherings, festive meals, or binge-watching holiday movies. Counteract the sedentary nature of these activities by incorporating movement into your day. Take short walks, stretch regularly, or organise outdoor games with family and friends. Physical activity not only benefits your spine but also helps to manage stress – a common contributor to back pain.
- Maintain Good Posture, Even in the Festive Chaos:
With the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations, it’s easy to forget about maintaining proper posture. Whether you’re decorating the tree, wrapping gifts, or cooking a festive feast, be mindful of your posture. Stand or sit up straight, distribute your weight evenly, and avoid prolonged periods of bending or slouching. This simple practice can go a long way in preventing unnecessary strain on your spine.
- Choose Spine-Friendly Gifts and Decorations:
When selecting gifts or decorating your home, consider items that promote good spinal health. Opt for ergonomic chairs, cushions, or supportive pillows. If you’re planning to gift a fitness tracker or smartwatch, encourage your loved ones to stay active and mindful of their daily movement. Additionally, arrange your decorations in a way that minimises the need for excessive bending or lifting.
- Mindful Lifting and Carrying:
Christmas shopping often involves carrying bags filled with gifts. When lifting heavy packages, bend your knees and use your leg muscles instead of straining your back. If possible, distribute the weight evenly between both hands and consider using a backpack to free up your hands. Be cautious of lifting awkward or bulky items, and don’t hesitate to ask for help when needed.
- Prioritize Stress Management:
Christmas can bring both joy and stress. Chronic stress can contribute to muscle tension and back pain. Practice stress-reducing activities such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga. Ensure you take breaks to relax and recharge during the festive season. Adequate rest and relaxation not only benefit your mental well-being but also contribute to a healthy spine.
Remember, incorporating these habits into your holiday routine can contribute to a healthier spine, allowing you to fully enjoy the festive season without the discomfort of back pain. Prioritise your well-being, and make this Christmas a time of joy, celebration, and spinal health.
We want to wish all our patients, Happy Christmas!
We look forward to seeing you soon.