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Chiropractic Guidance for the Holidays

By Brandi Goodman 

The holiday season should be joyful, yet it brings about pain for many people. The aches associated with the holidays can be helped as long as you have some chiropractic guidance. Keep these tips in mind to help yourself avoid aches and pains that occur during typical holiday tasks.

Take Frequent Breaks

You should never attempt to get all your tasks done in one go. You'll need frequent breaks and regular intervals between chores to ensure you don't end up overexerting yourself and ending the day in debilitating pain. Focus on one item on your to-do list at a time.

Maintain Your Exercise Routine

You still want to be exercising throughout the holidays. It's a way to keep your body strong and seek stress relief. The endorphins released during exercise can boost your mood and keep your stress to a minimum, which is highly necessary during such a high-stress season.

Get Enough Sleep

One way to prevent pain is to get enough sleep. Your body needs adequate rest if you have any hope of maintaining your well-being and keeping aches to a minimum. It will also help you recover if you do experience pain. 

Avoid Twisting or Reaching When Decorating

Too many people try to reach out for decorations that are out of their grasp. You may also find yourself twisting and turning to put items in hard-to-reach places or to grab the supplies you need. All of this added movement can cause serious harm to your back. You need to avoid twisting and reaching and try to maintain proper posture when putting up your decorations or tackling other tasks to avoid a mishap.

Take Travel Precautions

Even if you only plan on driving across the city to visit family, any amount of holiday driving can still lead to pain if you aren't careful. You need to take travel precautions to ensure aches don't set in. These may mean using a lumbar support pillow behind your back while driving or stopping to take frequent breaks during the trip if it's a long one. Staying well-hydrated is also beneficial, as well as stretching often to keep your joints limber.

If you still experience some discomfort after your holiday tasks are finished, stop in at The Joint Chiropractic for an assessment. A joint restriction could be in place that's causing your discomfort. Regular adjustments are also beneficial for maintaining overall well-being. 

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

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