Avoiding Back Injuries This Holiday Season
While it’s often a thought that is left unnoticed, paying special
attention to your back care and practicing precaution when doing simple
holiday tasks can help avoid suffering from painful back injuries. In
this blog, our Manhattan sports therapist explains how to best protect
your back from strains this holiday season.
It’s very likely you’ll be invited to various holiday parties
and functions, where you’ll be standing for a prolonged period of
time. Standing in one position for hours on end can cause back aches and
discomfort. Be sure to maintain a somewhat wide stance, and keep one foot
more forward than the other – this helps not only keep your weight
properly distributed, but it maintains good alignment in the spine.
When standing over the stove to prepare your holiday meals, avoid hunching
over and slouching forward. Maintain your shoulders back, which will automatically
help keep your back straight. If you’re taking food out of the oven,
it’s best to pull the oven shelf out first to prevent you from having
to bend in awkward positions and reach while holding a heavy baking dish.
Setting up Holiday Decorations
If you were assigned the task of retrieving boxes of decorations from the
garage, be sure to lift using your leg muscles, as opposed to bending
at the waist and putting extra pressure on your back. Improperly lifting
heavy boxes can cause slipped discs and other back conditions. Carry boxes
close to the body and avoid lifting too heavy of a load – making
more trips with lighter loads is better than risking a painful back injury.
Manhattan sports therapist has the expertise of a chiropractor, physical therapist, and sports medicine
specialist. We aim to provide hands-on rehabilitation that gets our patients
back to a pain-free lifestyle.
schedule an appointment, call (646) 798-1330 today!