It is great that Christmas has come around again and I hope everyone has great Christmas plans this year. Unfortunately, the Christmas period can lead to pain due to long car journeys, sitting awkwardly in front of the TV for hours and sleeping in different beds. So I have put a few tips together to help you stay in tip top shape for your Christmas break.
- If you are sitting awkwardly in front of the TV or during car journeys, don’t be surprised if your back doesn’t want to straighten up when you reach your destination, and go to move around again.
- For extra support use a jumper or small pillow at the small of your back.
- Keep your feet moving while sitting, this will keep the blood flowing properly.
- As always try avoid sitting with crossed legs.
- The spine is designed to move. Sitting in one position for extended periods of time stiffens the back muscles, which can put stress on the spine.
- Squeeze and relax your buttocks regularly.
- Keep you shoulders moving with shoulder shrugs.
- Make sure to use luggage on wheels, if carrying a bag switch shoulders regularly to avoid straining one side of your back.
- Take regularly breaks when your driving a long distance, a quick walk around the car and standing up for 5 mins will make all the difference.
When on holidays
- Make sure to keep active on your Christmas break, your back will protest to sitting in front of the TV all day. Make sure to change position regularly when enjoying the Christmas break from work.
- Make sure to check the pillows if you are staying away from home. Try use a pillow that is similar to your own pillow at home, this will keep neck pain at bay
If you are suffering pain, call us today for an appointment at Motion Physio Clinic. I will be working in the clinic until lunchtime on Christmas Eve and I will be back in the clinic again on Tuesday 29th morning if you need an appointment over the Christmas period. Happy Christmas to all!