We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with joy! The Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Holidays are a great time of year for family and reflection. We spend time together and eat well-prepared food (hopefully!), talk, pray, and laugh as a family.
So why would anyone needs tips to help avoid pain during the Holidays?
First off, we’re talking about physical pain here. The demands of the Holiday season with all the shopping, lifting of boxes, standing while cooking, and general preparations can wreak havoc on the body if these demands are not performed properly or if you are weak in certain areas of your body. This weakness in certain muscle groups can cause muscle soreness or muscle pain, joint stress, and even minor injuries, because your muscles and joints are not accustom to being used in this way (or at all).
Maybe you remember last year’s back pain, neck pain, foot pain, ankle pain, hip pain, knee pain, or general headache associated with everything that you went through during the Holiday season. It doesn’t have to be a painful experience!
“The added demands of the holidays stresses the body, which may increase the risk of injuries related to the extra activities,” says APTA spokesperson and physical therapist E. Anne Reicherter, PT, DPT, PhD. “Using proper body mechanics can help prevent muscle and joint discomfort this holiday season.”
So let’s look at some tips that you can use to truly help avoid pain during the Holidays:
Shop, Don’t Drop: Nobody is saying you can’t go shopping just because it might hurt your back, but just be smart about it! Hopefully you stayed safe during the Black Friday rush and didn’t suffer any injuries while being trampled.
Lift With Your Legs, Not Your Back: this is a tip physical therapists will always advocate. After you shop your bags, boxes, and presents are going to have to find a way into your house. Proper lifting and carrying form is crucial to avoid unwanted pains and injuries.
These simple tips will help you avoid pain during the Holidays. If you are experiencing muscle pain in any area of the body you feel needs the attention of a physical therapist, please don’t hesitate to call us today to come meet with either Michael or Chris for a thorough evaluation to help get the relief you need this Holiday season!