Neck and Back Pain at Christmas

 

Does giving up your bed for the in-laws give you back pain at Christmas, or just a pain in the neck?  Just to let you know that we are open between Christmas and New Year (Wednesday 28th – Sat 31st December) ….. in case you should need us!

Rushing and wrapping, cooking and napping … these activities, and other seemingly harmless undertakings, can make Christmas and New Year a perilous time if you suffer from back pain or other musculoskeletal problems.  We hope that the following tips will help you to stay pain-free over the festive period:

If you are travelling to visit friends or family

  • Use an inflatable pillow to provide good support for your head and neck.
  • Roll a pillow, blanket or your jacket into a lower back support to avoid back pain.
  • Once on your journey, try not to sit in one position for too long –have regular breaks and a ‘stroll and gentle stretch’.
  • Lift suitcases/bags/Christmas presents with care – always bend at the knees when lifting. If possible, pack two small bags rather than one big one so you can distribute the weight more evenly.

If you are sleeping on the floor

  • Always lie on a good quality mat or air mattress and take a travel pillow or, even better, your own pillow from home.  Try not to directly lie on a hard floor.
  • Place a pillow under your knees when lying on your back and between your knees when lying on your side.

If you are going to be sitting for long spells

  • We all like to watch Christmas TV and possibly having a post-Christmas lunch nap on the sofa, however try to use a back support and do stand up and move around at regular intervals.
  • Try to factor in a walk each day, a little bit of exercise will keep you mobile and help to burn off the Christmas pud!

Wishing you all a pain free Christmas and 2017!  However, feel free to call us on 020 8977 3295  if you need advice of if you wish to make an appointment.