As we approach the Christmas season, you might be more worried about piling on the pounds. We begin worrying about feeling like a Christmas Pudding on the big day than anything else. However you’d be surprised how many people hurt their back over the festive period!

Did you know…

There is an increase in patients coming in to the clinic with backaches and pains that have appeared during the Christmas period.

In fact…

There are many ways you can hurt your back this season. Bending and lifting heavy items like Christmas trees and furniture.  Even lifting the turkey can easily strain your back or exacerbate existing aches and pains.

If you do hurt your back or neck during the holidays, your first thought might be to put your feet up on the sofa and watch some festive films and wait till the pain disappears.

But remember…

Although this may seem like the obvious option, it is much more beneficial for your back to keep your muscles moving.

Here are our top tips to avoid back pain at Christmas:

  • If you’re lifting heavy or awkward objects like the Christmas tree or furniture. Always ask for help and make sure you also bend your knees when lifting heavier items!
  • When you’re putting up decorations, use a stepladder. This can avoid over stretching or straining your back or neck.
  • Make sure you go for regular walks over the holidays, and if you don’t have time, make sure you’re supporting your back at all times with a small cushion.

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