As we make this journey from one end of the mall to the other, we are often unaware of how much extra weight we are carrying in our bags until we finally stop for lunch or get home and fall into a chair.
Immediately we notice tightness in our shoulders and pain in the lower back. As we rub our tired muscles we realize that perhaps we were carrying just a little bit too much Christmas cheer around with us.
But the stress to our backs doesn’t end there. The holidays also bring with it decorating, climbing ladders, traveling and endless errands that can leave our backs feeling like there are pins sticking in it. Often times the stress and strain of the holidays on our bodies can cause old injuries to flare up.
There are many ways we can prevent this seasonal affliction and many treatments if we have already done the damage.
Know Your Limits
- STOP AND TAKE A REST. One of the first things you can do to prevent back pain is to know when enough is enough. If the weight of bags is getting to be too much to carry.
- Take some parcels out to the car and then go back to shopping.
- Have a friend help carry some of your bags
- Use the mall baggage check
Part of the holiday season is catching up with friends and family which can often mean hours on planes, trains and in cars. This can leave us feeling stiff and sore as we move from one destination to another.
To prevent holiday back pain, follow some easy steps
- Listen to your body, take a break from travel whenever possible
- If you are on a plane, stand up and stretch when permissible.
- Recline your seat and use a pillow whenever possible to prevent spinal stress.
If the holidays are putting too much stress on your body, take the time to see a physiotherapist. They are a trained to provide you with the care and attention you need to put the pain and stress behind you. The team at Glen Abbey Physiotherapy offer highly trained physiotherapists, massage therapists and exercise specialists who can find the most effective and long-lasting treatment for your strains and pains.
To arrange an appointment call 905-827-4197 or visit their website at www.physiotherapyoakville.com.