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Staying Safe While Decorating for the Holidays

By Donna Stark

It's that time of year again. Time to play your holiday music while pulling out the garlands, lights, and inflatable reindeer. Some people have already jumped the gun and finished decorating their homes for the holidays already, but if you are one of those who have yet to do so, keep reading! Your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic have compiled a list of suggestions on how to decorate your home safely. Take a look.

Enlist Your Loved Ones

Lighten your load and make things easier for yourself this year by asking your loved ones to help. After all, if they are going to enjoy it with you, they should definitely take a part in putting it all together, don't you think? On top of that, those extra hands will reduce the risk of injury because you won't be pushing your body as hard as you would if doing it alone.

Time it Right

Now that you have decided to pull everything out and get started, you will want to make sure your timing is right. What does that mean? Well, if you are going to run out of daylight or if the weather isn't on your side, you may be doing more of a disservice than anything else. Don't put yourself or your loved ones in danger by rushing to get things done. Give yourself plenty of time and then add a little more just in case it takes longer than you think to unravel those strings of lights.

Use the Right Tools

There is nothing worse or more dangerous than trying to balance on your patio furniture or having someone lift you up on their shoulders to hang your decorations. Be smart about this job and use the proper tools so you can reduce the risk of both serious and not-so-serious injuries. If you don't have the correct-sized ladder or wagon to help you carry heavy items, ask a neighbor if you can borrow theirs.

Lift Properly

The most important thing to pay attention to while decorating for the holidays is how you are lifting your boxes, cartons, and plastic tubs. To reduce the risk of injury, lift these items with the proper form and technique. Make sure you bend at the knees and hold the item close to your body before you stand up. You should also clear a path before you move the items so you don't have to jump over any obstacles.

Ensuring a Pain-Free Holiday

Don't risk all your holiday plans by getting hurt during the decorating phase. By following the suggestions above, you can reduce the risk of injuries and ensure a pain-free holiday season ahead.

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

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