It seems that people are putting up their Christmas decorations earlier and earlier every year! Maybe this is fuelled by celebrities (used in the loosest sense of the word!) are busy posting images of their decorations? Or could it be the start of the battler for the best Christmas TV Ad? Well whatever the reasons we’re sure that in many households the next few weeks will see the annual task of decorating our homes for Christmas get underway.
In most instances this is a ‘fun’ time but it’s not without its dangers too! As chiropractors we can’t but focus on your back and offer some advice to help you keep your back safe while doing the Christmas decorating!
Buying the Tree: If you’re planning on buying a tree this year then it may be a good idea to take someone along to give you a hand to lift and carry it and get it into the car.
Putting up the decorations: Putting up the decorations can be more strenuous than it looks – there’s lifting, carrying and stretching involved so be mindful of your back when doing all of these. You may need to use a ladder to put up the decorations so take care and use the ladder safely – definitely no overstretching whilst on the ladder please! Always best to get someone to hold the ladder for you.
Wrapping the presents: The floor may start out as being a good idea to do the wrapping on but it really isn’t. Use a raised surface like a table or work top to avoid straining your back.
Whatever activity you are doing remember to take regular breaks and do some simple stretches to loosen off.
Happy decorating from our team at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic.
Keeping active and taking exercise doesn’t necessarily mean going to the gym. After all most gym memberships never get used!
However, staying active and taking regular exercise is important to our health and the health of our backs. Finding a form of exercise we enjoy is more likely to mean that we will do it and stick to it.
Our chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic want to encourage people to be active and take regular exercise and here they share their top 3 ways to do this:
Walking: This is by far one of the best forms of exercise that can be taken. Most everyone can do it and it can be taken at your own pace and the pace can be built up over time. It offers so many benefits from helping weight loss, preventing and managing various health conditions, aiding in strengthening bones and muscles and helping improve your mood and and reducing stress levels.
Swimming: This offers an all-round form of exercise that is low impact. Whatever your age or ability it is a great activity that helps you get fit, stay active and feel great. The Jubilee 2 pool is convenient if you live in Newcastle under Lyme or if you live in Stoke on Trent there is the Dimensions Leisure Centre.
Dancing: Programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing have brought a new interest in taking up dancing. It really is a great fun way to get active and take some exercise. Whatever moves you want to perform on the dance floor there are classes held regularly in dance schools in Newcastle under Lyme and Stoke on Trent. So what are you waiting for ” Get Dancing”!
Remember to seek the advice of your chiropractor or health care professional before starting on any new exercise regime.
Our chiropractors are here to advise you and help you.