One of the great misconceptions about the human body is that it requires major impact or straining to create physical pain. Especially in areas like the spine, neck and others, this could not be further from the truth – there are many instances where built-up stress and strain, even of the sort that doesn’t feel too invasive in the moment, can create pain and discomfort in several bodily areas.
At Apollo Chiropractic, we’re here to provide quality chiropractic care to all who need it, from immediate traumas like car accident treatments to other forms of discomfort that may form more subtly over time. With the holiday season upon us, you might be surprised how many of our patients actually report overuse or bodily stress symptoms based on certain activities that become more common during this time of the year. Here are some brief tips our chiropractors commonly offer those in this position, tips related to general posture and how to maintain it during unique holiday activities.
First and foremost: As we’re all well aware, this is a highly unique year and holiday season for those doing any traveling. Due to COVID-19, you should be taking extreme safety precautions while traveling, including wearing masks, carrying hand sanitizer and distancing from others where possible.
From a posture standpoint, there are also a few important themes to remember. You’re likely to spend plenty of time sitting – do your best to maintain posture while in a seated position, including sitting up straight and avoiding slouching. If possible, try to stand up and move around at least once every hour or so, plus do some light stretching. There are also in-seat stretches our staff will be happy to show you for situations where standing isn’t an option.
Holiday decorations can strain the body, especially for those who go all-out and decorate on their roof and other areas of the home. Not only should you be taking great care during these kinds of decorations, with themes like ladder safety and others, you should also keep posture in mind. If carrying heavy decorations or items, lift properly from the legs, not using your back. If you’ve had back or spine issues and are unsure about carrying a given load, do not attempt it – ask for help.
Like with travel, shopping comes with its own set of care needs due to COVID-19 – wear a mask and be diligent at all times in public. In addition, since holiday shopping sessions often require long periods of time spent on your feet, be sure to wear supportive footwear. Also try to avoid carrying heavy shopping bags around for too long; if you know you’ll be purchasing something heavy as part of your trip, plan to visit this store last.
For more on how to maintain posture and spinal health during the holidays, or to learn about any of our chiropractic care services, speak to the staff at Apollo Chiropractic today.