Safe Playing Tips From the Chiropractor

By Brandi Goodman 

Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month gets celebrated in December. Lots of gifts are given during this month for Christmas so doctors want to be sure everyone understands the importance of safety. Your chiropractor may even have some advice for playing safely so you don't end up with a sore back or worse.

Avoid Bending at the Waist

Perhaps you bought your child a toy golf set. Now they want you to play a round with them. Don't bend at your waist to reach the tiny putter. Bend at the knees instead and be in a squatting position as you take a small swing. You can hurt your back bending down far especially if twisting is involved.

Stretch Before Sitting

You may find yourself sitting on the floor for a while playing with cars or dolls. This can quickly cause an ache in your back or neck. Stretch before sitting down to play so you're more likely to remain ache-free. Count for 10 seconds as you touch your toes. Stand back up straight and reach up toward the ceiling. You want to feel a good stretch in your spine so it's adequately prepared for the playing ahead. You'll also want to drink water for improved hydration and flexibility of your joints.

Use a Gaming Chair

Video games may be what your child wants you to play. Be sure you're both sitting in a gaming chair or another appropriate option. You want to be eye level with the screen so you don't have to strain your neck or back to look up or down at a television or smaller device. Keep your feet planted firmly on the floor and use proper posture as you continue to game. This will provide you with the best chance of avoiding aches.

Stand at the Table

Criss-cross applesauce may be the way kids should sit safely on the floor but the same position doesn't hold as well for adults. You'll most likely end up leaning forward with your back hunched if you play with your kids on the ground. Stand at a table or counter instead while your kids sit there with you. It will prevent you from hunching too much or sitting scrunched on a hard surface. 

Visit The Joint Chiropractic if you find yourself feeling sore after time spent playing. It can be easy to hurt your back as you attempt to play with toys the way you once did as a kid. Continue using these safe playing tips from here on out to avoid potential disasters.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Peoria, Ariz.

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