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Decorating Safely for Halloween Fun

By Donna Stark

For many people, the holiday season begins when Thanksgiving comes around, but for those who love all things creepy, their holiday season begins with Halloween. Are you one of those that can't wait to hang the goblins, vampires, and ghouls all around your house? Do you have inflatable zombies standing in your yard? If so, you need to be careful! But not because you are in danger of being chased by gangs of spooky beings. You need to be careful of all the potential injuries coming your way!

Decorating for Halloween

Climbing a ladder to hang those orange and purple lights, stretching to get all your plastic ghosts hung, and lifting those heavy inflatables from the garage to your front yard puts a lot of strain on your back. Pushing your body beyond its limits can lead to a lot of pain and discomfort down the road, so you need to take the right precautions. Here are some tips from your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic that will help you avoid those painful situations.

Warm Up

Before you even think of heading outdoors to decorate your home, make sure you warm your body up first! Try to engage in some light movements, such as walking or lunges, and give your muscles a good stretch. Taking the time to do so can reduce the risk of injuries.

Use the Right Tools

It's important to use the right tools when decorating your home. Use a ladder that is the correct size when hanging your decorations, pull out the power tools to save your energy, and grab the dolly when moving your tubs and bins from the garage to the area you are making over. The right tools will make all the difference in the world.

Be Smart With Movements

If your decorating is going to include carrying, climbing, reaching, pulling, and stretching, be sure to focus on your posture and form! You can avoid back injuries by taking your time and moving with intention. When lifting, bend at the knees and use the muscles in your legs to power up. Hold the item close to your body, and avoid any awkward twists! It's also a great idea to get others outside with you. Sharing the workload is a great way to reduce your risk of injury.

Achieving a Safe and Happy Halloween

If back pain is a concern for you this Halloween season, head on in to see your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic. They may not be very scary, but they will certainly get you feeling better!

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

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