Wrapping Gifts the Chiropractor's Way

By Brandi Swieter

Wrapping gifts is no easy feat, as many people can attest to after spending hours each Christmas season trying to get the paper just right over the items they’ve purchased. Hunching over paper and tape for hours on end can quickly lead to back pain, which is why the job needs to get done carefully to make sure it doesn’t impact the body. Follow the chiropractor’s way for wrapping gifts and experience a better time getting the holiday task completed.

Avoid the Floor

Many people sprawl all their wrapping paper, presents, and tape on the floor, ready to tackle the task of getting all the Christmas presents wrapped up and covered. This practice is actually not approved by chiropractors because it leads to hours of hunching over and reaching for things that can cause major strain on the body. It is best to avoid wrapping on the floor; instead, sit at the table where the back can be straight and upright.

Stretch In Between Gifts

It may seem like a good idea to sit and wrap all gifts in one sitting, but this is far from the truth. The body will undoubtedly be hurting after hours spent wrapping presents in one session. Those who do want to get it all done in one session need to be sure to stretch between each gift. It will keep the body from getting too stiff and pain from setting into the neck, shoulders, and back. When stretching, go the opposite direction of how you’ve been sitting, such as stretching backward if the body has been slouched forward.

Keep Tape and Scissors Close By

Tape and scissors are the two items needed most while wrapping gifts, yet they always seem to disappear. It’s easy to have these items get lost beneath the paper or misplaced because they get set too far away from where you’re sitting at now. It’s best to keep the tape and scissors close by at all times so there’s no need to reach for them or search for them in the first place.

By wrapping gifts according to a chiropractor’s standards, the body will have a much better time when doing the job. Less back pain will be experienced, if any. Those who do suffer from back pain while wrapping should visit The Joint Chiropractic for an adjustment to get relief from their pain.

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

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