Hanging Christmas Lights? 5 Tips to Avoid Back Pain
By Virginia Laird
With the holidays in sight, many begin getting all the decorations up and in place, including the lights on the house. Although it is with pride and joy many hang the lights, this chore can also invite back and neck pain. Chiropractors offer a few tips to help avoid such pain, including:
- Position ladder correctly
- Take breaks
- Line up help
- Lift with the legs
- Visit the chiropractor
Position Ladder Correctly
Ladder position is key to preventing back and neck pain while hanging the Christmas lights. Many believe it is best to place it directly beneath the location to be reached. This would require you to reach the arms directly overhead and the neck to be bent so to look directly above. A position such as this, over a long period of time, can be painful. Chiropractors suggest it is best to position the ladder where the reach is at an angle and the view is in front of the body, allowing for less stress to be put on the back and the neck.
Many will approach the chore of hanging Christmas lights with an attitude ready to get it done quickly. Chiropractors suggest the best thing to do to protect the back from pain is to avoid being in a hurry and allow time for breaks. During breaks, it is suggested to do some light stretching to help release any tension in the back, get off your feet and allow them to rest for a bit, and to hydrate. All these actions can help prevent pain in the back.
Line Up Help
Help is necessary when tackling the monstrous chore of hanging the Christmas lights. Whether you realize it or not, tugging on strands of lights can be heavy. Climbing up and down the ladder, along with reaching for various spots along the roofline for a long period of time, can cause stress to the back and neck. Having help to share this burden allows for more breaks for both of you. Be a good friend and insist on returning the favor after a few days of rest.
Lift with the Legs
Chiropractors always recommend you should make a habit of lifting anything using the leg muscles. This is easier than it may sound. Lifting with the legs is as easy as bending at the knee to reach for the item to be picked up. Any other bending can put stress on the back which can cause restriction and pain.
Visit the Chiropractor
Don’t be stubborn: Visit the chiropractor regularly. Making a trip to your chiropractor part of your weekly or monthly routine can play a huge factor in preventing and managing pain.
To get started on your pain management and prevention plan, stop by The Joint Chiropractic near you. With nearly 400 locations nationwide you are certain to find one in your community.
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