Preventing Back Pain While Helping Santa and Others
By Brandi Swieter
Santa’s helpers -- and good neighbors -- are all around this time of year, with many available at malls and shopping centers to ensure all the good girls and boys make their way through the line to see Santa. While this is a common holiday job that many people opt to take on, it can be more painful than it looks -- it's a lot like working in retail. Back pain can set in quickly when standing for hours at a time each shift answering questions, posing for pictures, and helping heavy kids get onto Santa’s lap. There are ways to prevent back pain while helping Santa that will make this seasonal job easier to manage.
Lift With the Legs
Picking up children and putting them on Santa’s lap can be extremely hard on the body, especially if those kids are a little plump. It’s best to bend down at the knees and lift with the legs to get the kids up to where they need to be. Lifting any other way will undoubtedly allow back pain to set in.
Use Correct Posture
Standing up for an extended period of time can end up hurting not only the legs but also the back if Santa’s helpers aren't careful. It’s easy to want to stand around without a care in regards to posture, but this can be dangerous to one’s health. The correct posture needs to get utilized when standing up for hours at a time doing any type of job.
While standing waiting for each child to tell their Christmas lists to Santa, many store eleves stand directly in place waiting to help the next person in line. It may feel fine for a few minutes, but standing still for too long can cause pain to set in. It’s best to move regularly, even if that simply means stretching the calves in place or walking to the other side of the chair to give the legs a bit of a stretch.
Holiday helpers have a harder job than it may appear. Back pain can start up easily with all the work that has to get done. Those who already have a bad back may want to visit The Joint Chiropractic for an adjustment. Hours are extended so customers can head in when they’re able to in the early evening hours and on weekends to receive treatment.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Snellville, Ga.