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Chiropractor Says: Decorate With These Tips in Mind

By Brandi Goodman  

Decorating may feel fun at times, and painful at others. A sore neck and back are common with all the holiday tasks you have on your decorating to-do list. To prevent mishaps and dangerous situations, keep some chiropractic tips in mind.

Stay Hydrated

Proper hydration is key for every activity -- including decorating. Too many people work, work, work to get their chore list done, never stopping for a drink of water. You need to keep your joints hydrated so they can be limber and flexible. It will help you handle your tasks with ease. Plus, you'll get a quick break in the process. 

Wear Shoes

Don't hang up lights around your living room in bare feet. A pair of sturdy shoes with good traction are ideal for helping you stay balanced. If you're heading outside, it's especially important to have something on your feet. And more importantly, something that helps you stay steady. A solid pair of tennis shoes are ideal. You'll get your holiday decorating much more safely with the right pair of footwear.

Follow Lifting Protocols

Whether you're grabbing boxes from the attic or have them tucked in the back of a storage shed, it's always important to follow lifting protocols. Never allow your back to bend, twist, or extend too far to grab something. You need to bend at the knees, and keep items close to your body as you lift them. This helps ensure you don't hurt your back in the process.

Get Everything Ready First

Don't grab one box to tackle those decorations, and then go back to grab another. It's wise to get everything you need ready first before you start the process. Get everything out of their boxes, lined up, and ready to be placed in their proper spots. It will save time, energy, and pain in the process. Make sure you have a nearby ladder, and any hooks or supplies you'll need to help as well.

Pain can be a major problem over the holiday season. Do what you can to avoid it -- keeping these chiropractic tips in mind. If you still experience unusual aches after all your hard work, you may want to stop in at The Joint Chiropractic for an adjustment. They can help you get some relief so you can celebrate the holidays without worrying about discomfort.

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

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