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Holiday Decorating Can Cause Pain: 3 Tips to Avoid It

By Virginia Laird

While many enjoy the finished product of a yard and home beautifully decorated for the holidays, it takes a good bit of effort and struggle to get to the final product. Chiropractors warn patients that dragging out the decorations can be just as devastating on the spine as lifting any other heavy item. Chiropractors also offer a few tips to help avoid back pain when working to get the Christmas decorations up, including:

  • Don’t reach too far
  • Have good help to accomplish the chore
  • Consider routine trips to the chiropractor

Don’t Reach Too Far

Reaching too far can take its toll on the body. Chiropractors suggest it is wise to learn how to properly place the ladder to avoid reaching too far. The reaching and struggling to stretch can cause pain in the back muscles as well as promote shifting of the spine. Chiropractors suggest the best place to put the ladder to avoid overreaching is in a position which allows the stretch to be in front of the body, rather than directly overhead. Don’t be lazy and try to move the ladder as little as possible, although it can be tempting to do so. Moving the ladder along with the hanging of the lights and other decorations can help keep things within a good reach.

Have Good Help to Accomplish the Chore

Even if you prefer to work alone, having good help can help prevent pain. When you enlist help, it allows you to take turns with the heavy work. This can ensure you both get breaks often while continuing to work toward the finished product. Chiropractors recommend getting help when tackling the heavy duty task of hanging Christmas lights.

Consider Routine Trips to the Chiropractor

If you suffer from back pain, it is time to consider routine chiropractic care. It can even be beneficial for those who experience little or no pain at all. Because the spine is constantly moving, it can cause restriction and pain at any time. Routine chiropractic care can help maintain healthy posture, as well as restore any function which may have been previously restricted. Routine chiropractic care is key to injury prevention as well as pain management.

To get your pain management plan started, stop by the nearest The Joint Chiropractic. With more than 390 locations nationwide you are certain to find one in your community. No appointments are necessary, making it easy to drop by during your lunch or on your way home from work.

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

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