Taking care of your spine during the holiday season is important especially considering the potential
for changes in your physical activity and routine. Here are some tips to help you look after yourself
this Christmas.

Maintain good posture

Whether you’re sitting at the dinner table, opening the pressies, or watching your favourite
Christmas movies, be mindful of your posture. Sit well and avoid slouching to reduce strain on your

Stay active

Incorporate regular exercise into daily routine. Despite the holidays, try to maintain your normal
exercise schedule. Physical activity helps maintain flexibility and strength in the muscles that
support the spine. It’ll also help your energy levels and work off that yummy food.

Lift properly

If you’re lifting heavy presents, decorations, or working through the jobs list, remember to lift with
your legs and don’t strain your back. Bend with your knees and keep the object close to your body to
reduce strain on your spine. Don’t forget to ask for help. Many hands make light work.

Take breaks

If you’re spending long hours decorating, cooking or sitting at the table, take regular breaks to
stretch and move around. Prolonged periods of inactivity or repetitive activities can contribute to
pain and strain.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking enough water is essential for maintain the health of your intervertebral discs. Dehydration
can contribute to musculoskeletal pain, so make sure to stay hydrated (especially if you’re indulging
in lots of Christmas treats!).

Manage stress

Christmas can be a stressful time of year. Practice stress management techniques such as deep
breathing, mediation or mindfulness to help alleviate tension in your muscles including those in your
back. Heading out for a walk or regular exercise can be an amazing stress modulator.

Get adequate sleep

Ensure you are getting enough sleep, as sleep is crucial for the body’s ability to repair and recover.
Experts often refer to the hours before midnight as being the most important time to get to sleep.
Invest in a comfortable mattress and pillows that provide proper support for your spine.

Listen to your body

Pay attention to your body’s signals. If you have pain or discomfort, don’t push yourself. Remember
that everyone’s bodies are different and do what works best for you.
Prioritise your spinal health this Christmas. If you are experiencing any back or musculoskeletal pain,
seek professional care and personalized advice.

Your local Brisbane Chiropractor, Yeronga Chiropractic is here to help!
For an appointment call us on 38921440 or visit or online bookings page

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