The Christmas season is approaching and you know what that means, decorations, lights and presents galore. Handling these task can be quite a chore and comes with a long list of potential hazards, particularly for your back. All of the lifting, pulling, pushing, stringing, climbing and so on can be a real strain. Try following these 10 tips to not only prevent back pain, but an expensive chiropractor visit.
1. Lift With Your Legs
The number 1 golden rule to lifting anything, lift with your legs. Lifting with your back put too much stress on your spine and can lead to serious injury, especially with heavier weights. Keep your back straight and push upward with your legs instead.
2. Avoid Extended Periods of Repetitive Movements
Repeating the same motion over and over has a tendency to cause discomfort in general. Bending over repeatedly can cause back pain quick and can potentially kill your project for the day. Take regular breaks often and stretch to help avoid overworking your back.
3. Know Your Limits
Never try to push yourself past your lifting limits or “push through the pain”, it can lead to unnecessary injuries and an avoidable ER visit.
Keeping an exercise routine is vital to your health and can help prevent back pain from strenuous activity. Not only that but the stronger your back, the more productive you can be in general.
5. Keep a Clear Work Area
An easy way to cause major harm to your back is to trip and fall. Whether you are setting up the Christmas tree, stringing lights or setting out presents, keeping a clear area is key to preventing a nasty fall that could potentially cause severe or permanent damage. Be careful on ladders as well.
6. Watch Your weight
Carrying over that 5 pounds gained from Thanksgiving can be more than enough to put extra strain on your back area and cause extra discomfort when working on a Christmas project. Watching how much you indulge during the holidays can save you from unwanted pain and discomfort. Also, like I mentioned previously, exercise.
7. Stay Straight
Twisting and turning while you lift or while you are bending over can easily lead to agony and injury. Keeping up a good, straight posture can keep you from being laid out on the couch popping Advil or even save you from a bad fall.
8. Try a Brace
For some people, a back brace helps them keep a good, straight posture when lifting or bending over. If you have trouble with staying straight or have had a previous back injury, I highly recommend one.
9. Stop If You Feel Pain
Feeling pain in your back is a good indicator to stop whatever you are doing. While discomfort is expected anytime you lift heavy objects or perform repetitive movements, pain means trouble is on the way and you should definitely take that break.
10. Ask for Help
Another golden rule, if it’s too heavy, ask a friend or relative for assistance. Having a friend or two can also cut out some of the repetitive movements on some projects such as decorating a tree or hanging up lights. It can also make any Christmas project in general much more enjoyable.
Christmas is a great time to dive into several fun holiday projects to help liven up the festivities. Just work smart and stay cautious to ensure your safety and avoid a preventable injury during Christmas.