Avoid Back Pain at Christmas

Do not let a bad back spoil your celebrations, read our tips on how to keep back pain at bay during the festive period:

ivyWhen carrying heavy Christmas shopping be sure to distribute the load and use both arms.  Better still, carry less bulky items in a ruck sack on your back.

ivyWhen lifting heavy items (be it the turkey, the shopping or when moving furniture to accommodate guests), be sure to bend at the knees and not at the waist. Get help – do not try to move heavy, bulky items by yourself.

ivyDo not sit in the same position for too long, particularly on soft sofas that offer little support.

ivyIf you are going on a long car journey try to share the driving and take regular breaks. Get some fresh air and do a few simple stretches to relieve the tension. Ensure that your car seat offers adequate back support.

ivyIf you are going to be at home for prolonged periods, try to take some light exercise. A walk, a quick swim or, again, some simple stretches can help to loosen you up.

ivyIf you are partying, take some sensible shoes to change into in case your feet, legs or back start to ache.

ivyChristmas can be an extremely stressful time. Stress can lead to muscle tension which, in turn, can cause pain and discomfort. Try to keep calm and find time to rest. Taking a few deep breaths can also work miracles!


If you find that you need our help over the Christmas and New Year period we have appointments available to help with your recovery. Please contact our reception on 020 8977 3295.  Appointment times are listed below:

Wednesday 24th December 9 am – 1 pm

Thursday 25th December – Closed

Friday 26th December – Closed

Saturday 27th December 8.30 am – 1 pm

Monday 29th December 8.30 am – 9 pm

Tuesday 30th December 7 am – 6 pm

Wednesday 31st December 9 am – 1 pm

Thursday 1st January – Closed

Friday 2nd January – 8 am 5.30 pm

Reception will be open 9 am – 5.30 pm Monday to Saturday.


Wishing you all a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous and Healthy 2015!ivy