November is well and truly in full swing and our minds are well and truly focused on getting prepared for Christmas! But according to our Ealing chiropractor, there may be a few surprises in store if you don’t look after your back. (And we’re not talking about the pleasant kind that come wrapped in snowmen paper!).
Here are a few simple ways that you can stop back pain from ruining your Christmas:
1: Dodge the Hidden Dangers of Your Christmas Tree
Bending and lifting awkwardly is one of the most common causes of back pain and you could be risking your back health if you start lugging the Christmas tree around! But that’s just the start of it. If you start bending, twisting and contorting your body into all sorts of shapes to get those fairy lights and baubles into the “perfect” positions, you could be setting yourself up for not so much of a merry season!
Keep your back health in mind as you put up the Christmas decorations this year.
2: Avoid the Peril of Your Turkey
Your Christmas turkey may look all “butter-wouldn’t-melt” as it sits in the supermarket freezer, but weighing in at around 25lb, it can become a back-busting heavy weight when you’re bending over to get it out of a hot oven!
A good way to avoid the risk of back pain when cooking the Christmas roast is to opt for pre-sliced turkey fillets instead of the full bird. But if this doesn’t conjure up the same festive feelings, then make sure you ask for help when lifting the turkey this year.
3:Don’t Be a Victim of “Party Pain”
Nobody expects you to drink spinach smoothies all over Christmas, but excessive alcohol consumption is often to blame for many back injuries over the Christmas period.
Even if you don’t drink to intoxication, drinking for several days can lead to muscle inflammation, dehydration and fatigue.
4: Beware of Your Adrenals!
Excessive sugar, caffeine and stress can have a negative effect on your back. Sugar stimulates your adrenal glands and this combined with alcohol, caffeine and stress can over-load your adrenal glands, which can lead to adrenal fatigue. Your adrenal glands produce anti-inflammatory corticosteroids and without these chemicals, any back injury is likely to feel more painful.
Our team at the Spine and Joint Centre wish you all a very happy and healthy Christmas!