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The Top 5 Causes of Holiday Back Pain

The Top 5 Causes of Holiday Back Pain

The hustles and bustles of the Christmas season are here. Do you feel your lower back pain becoming worse along with your holiday season excitement? Since more things are happening and your schedule is getting busier, it is normal to feel a little more exhausted. But no one wants to miss the holiday fun just because of burning back pain. 

Here are five unexpected ways the holidays may hurt your back and how to prevent them.

1. Stress

While Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, it can also be the most stressful time for many people. The expense of food, the pressure of buying gifts, and the high expectations from your family can all contribute to stress during the holiday season.

What to do: 

  • Spend time alone or with loved ones who don’t stress you out to unwind.
  • Watch a movie or do something you enjoy.
  • Stop worrying about whatever it is that is stressing you out.

2. Lifting

You could be carrying heavy items like groceries, Christmas trees and decorations, or bulky presents at this time of year.

What to do: Lift properly. One small mistake in lifting might result in back discomfort for a month. As you lift, make sure to maintain your spine’s natural curve by bending your knees. Don’t hesitate to ask for assistance when necessary.

3. Decorating

You might pull a muscle or injure your back by reaching too high when decorating and climbing up and down ladders. When hanging decorations, exercise caution and avoid extending your reach.

What to do: Ask for help when handling heavy decorations. Stretching can also help to warm up your muscles before and after you start decorating.

4. Traveling

Many of us travel more often during the holidays, which can cause a strained back. A long drive or sitting too long on a plane can cause burning back pain if you don’t take precautions.

What to do: Get up frequently to stand and stretch, even if it means making a few more stops along the route. Wear comfortable shoes for traveling and ensure safety while lifting any heavy luggage or Christmas presents. 

5. Holiday Activities

Parties, reunions, and get-togethers are common during the holidays. You may have no choice but to attend even if you have bad back pain when your family enjoys playing touch football or wants to hike a snow-covered mountain, right?

What to do: 

  • Make suggestions for fun yet safe holiday activities.
  • Use tables when playing board games. 
  • Pickleball can be skipped if necessary. 
  • Set up a family workout that will be safe for your body. 
  • Choose light activities to ensure you enjoy your holidays without worrying that they will worsen your back pain.

You are meant to enjoy yourself this Christmas season, so you’ll need to take a few extra precautions to avoid back pain and strain. If your back pain gets worse or is recurring, don’t hesitate to contact a professional.

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