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Heavy Holiday Decor? 4 Tips to Prevent Back Pain

By Virginia Laird

Many families have a variety of traditions that accompany the season. Some of these go along with when and how the tree is trimmed. No matter what your family does, it is the time of year to begin dragging out all the holiday decor. This is the least exciting chore of the season, right next to packing it all up again. There is a surprising increase among emergency room visits during the holiday decorating time, many of which are related to back pain. Chiropractors suggest there are a variety of things you can do to prevent back pain while dragging out your holiday decor, including:

  • Enlist help
  • Lift with the legs
  • Visit the chiropractor

Enlist Help

Are you already dreading unloading the attic, which is full of boxes of holiday decorations? You are not alone. Millions of people across the country share the same feelings when it comes to carrying the heavy load up and down the stairs or ladder. Chiropractors suggest this is the prime time to enlist some help. Several reasons for reaching out for help include:

  • Sharing the load can help prevent back pain
  • It gets the job done faster
  • Everything's more fun with friends

Lift with the Legs

The boxes may have been packed away all year, but the memory of how heavy some of them are is far from forgotten. Anytime you have a need to lift something heavier than about five pounds, you should make certain to lift with your legs. Chiropractors go so far as to recommend making it a habit of lifting anything (no matter the weight) with the legs. This can help prevent back pain and damage to the spine.

Lifting with the legs begins by bending at the knees to reach whatever item is in need of lifting. This can prevent the pull on the back muscles. Anytime you begin lifting something by bending at the waist, you are setting yourself up for back pain.

Visit the Chiropractor

Routine visits to the chiropractor can help prevent back pain. The spine is constantly moving and shifting, which can cause pain without the added stress of lifting heavy boxes of Christmas decorations. Make sure to keep your spine unrestricted by visiting the chiropractor regularly.

To manage and prevent your back pain, stop by The Joint Chiropractic in your neighborhood. With more than 390 locations nationwide, you are certain to find one near you. There are no appointments necessary, making your personalized pain management plan as easy to get started as stopping in on your way home from work.

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

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