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Hanging the Christmas Lights Without Back Pain

By Virginia Laird

According to research, each year hundreds head to the emergency room with pain related to hanging Christmas lights. Rather than allowing yourself to add to this statistic, chiropractors have offered a list of tips to help you avoid back pain while getting your home and yard ready for the impending holiday season. Some of these tips include:

  • Make sure to adjust your ladder correctly
  • Try not to tackle too much at once
  • Make chiropractic care part of your routine

Make Sure to Adjust Your Ladder Correctly

Although pulling a ladder up so that you can climb it to hang the Christmas lights on the house may seem like a simple task, it can be more complicated. Chiropractors advise that there is a right and wrong way to adjust a ladder to prevent pain. It is suggested that placing the ladder where you can look in front of you, rather than directly over your head, can prevent pain in the neck and back. Another tip chiropractors suggest is to make sure your ladder is the appropriate height. Using one that is too short can cause you to over stretch the body, which can lead to a great deal of pain.  

Try Not to Tackle Too Much at Once

If you are anything like me, once you drag out the holiday decor you may have the urge to get it all into place as quickly as possible. Instead, chiropractors advise that taking your time, allowing for breaks, can help prevent overexertion of the body, which can lead to back pain. It is suggested that you should allow for breaks when trying to get the holiday decor in place. While slowly piecing together the lights and yard decor may not be your favorite thing to do, it is the best way to prevent back pain.

Make Chiropractic Care Part of Your Routine

Routine visits to your chiropractor have proven to be beneficial for those who suffer with pain in the body. Chiropractors use adjustments to the joints of the spine to restore function. This can help increase mobility. Research suggests that chiropractic care can help manage and prevent back pain. For those who are serious about preventing pain before it has a chance to take over the body, drop by The Joint Chiropractic in your community. With no appointment necessary getting your pain prevention plan started is as simple as dropping by on your way home from work. And with 425 locations nationwide you are sure to find one near you.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Raleigh, N.C. 

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