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Hanging Christmas Lights: Don't Let Them Win

By Virginia Laird

Beautifully lit houses can be something to envy. Many families spend an evening trolling the neighborhoods in awe of the lovely yard decor and lights. Those who have homes that seem to light the entire street may have spent several days or weeks planning the design, and even longer making certain every inch of the lights are perfectly placed. Millions across the nation report having back pain following the grueling task of hanging Christmas lights, which make the trouble and pain it can cause nothing to admire. There are a few suggestions offered by chiropractors which can help prevent back pain, including:

  • Ladder position is key
  • Take breaks often
  • Find some help
  • Get plenty of rest

Ladder Position is Key

The position of the ladder you use can play a factor in the pain you may feel later. Reaching directly overhead for a long period of time can be painful for the neck. Chiropractors recommend positioning the ladder so the reach is at an angle rather than directly overhead.

Take Breaks Often

While it can be tempting to push through the task of getting the yard holiday ready, it is vital to take breaks along the way. This allows the body to release stress and tension that may build while reaching, tugging, and pulling on various items. Chiropractors suggest taking breaks often can help prevent back and neck pain. If you are adamant that the job must be done quickly, consider taking turns with your help to allow each of you a break as the other one hangs lights.

Find Some Help

There is no shame is asking for help. As a matter of fact, when setting out to tackle the monstrous chore of hanging Christmas lights, it is suggested by many chiropractors across the nation to secure plenty of help. Working with friends also makes things more exciting. Before you head out to hang your lights, plan a yard decorating party, invite your friends, and get the job done in no time at all.

Get Plenty of Rest

Making sure to get plenty of sleep before hanging the lights can prepare your body for the task. Although it may sound silly, chiropractors remind patients (especially this time of year) that reaching and climbing on ladders can be painful for the back and neck. Not only should you get plenty of sleep ahead of the chore, you should make sure to rest after completing the daunting task.

Call your friends, crank up the holiday music and have the best yard decorating party on the block!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Las Vegas, Nev.

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