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Chiropractic Tips for Avoiding Holiday Health Hazards

By Brandi Swieter

The holidays don’t only come with fun times and get-togethers with family. There are many holiday health hazards that creep up as well, making it necessary for people to use extra caution during this season of festivities. With some chiropractic tips, avoiding these holiday health hazards can be made easier.

Practice Safe Driving Practices

Seasonal accidents are quite common around the holidays, with snow falling in some areas and alcohol a factor in others. It is advised to practice safe driving practices when on the road, which includes sitting upright, taking breaks often, and avoiding sitting with a wallet or phone in the back pocket. People need to be in proper position and as comfortable as possible while driving to avoid accidents where possible. A stiff back setting in could only lead to disaster if the person attempts to stretch it out and readjust while driving. This leads to swerving, which isn’t ideal when road conditions are already hazardous.

Stretch Before Sledding

Those who want to enjoy some sledding during the holiday season should do so with caution. This favorite pastime causes many injuries each year, with people often unaware that they should stretch beforehand. Stretching out the body before any activity will help ensure it is best prepared for the task. Pull the knees to the chest and hold for 30 seconds to get blood flowing to the legs and ensure they’re prepared for the journey down the hill. Some people visit other locations just so they can enjoy the activity. They wouldn’t want to make the trip only to have it end in injury because they failed to use caution.

Avoid Losing Sleep

The holidays can be a time of stress, with lots on people’s minds that they need to accomplish before the season even begins. This can cause people to lose sleep, which then adds to the stress levels, causing a vicious cycle. Chiropractors recommend avoid losing sleep during the holidays. Don’t drink too much caffeine, particularly at nighttime, forgo the screen time, get to bed early enough without staying out late for holiday parties, and get as much rest as possible.

Holiday health hazards can put a damper on the season. Watch out for them and follow some chiropractic tips to ensure the best outcome. Visit The Joint Chiropractic during its extended hours if you wish to get an adjustment and seek additional guidance on how to avoid some typical holiday blunders during the season.

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

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