Holiday Guide to Back Care
Parties. Gift shopping.
Family gatherings. Curling up to watch a favorite movie on the couch…. The
holiday season is full of reasons for good cheer. And yet, according to the
Canadian Chiropractic Association, it is also prime time for us to suffer
from back and neck pain.
For one thing, the stress
associated with extra obligations during the holidays can increase muscle
tension, aggravating any existing condition. But there are also a number of
common seasonal activities— such as entertaining, shopping, and wrapping
gifts— that can lead directly to back and neck pain. Here are a few tips from
the Canadian Chiropractic Association to help you stay pain free this holiday
home (or visiting a friend or relative’s home):
- Sit in a firm but comfortable
chair, and pay attention to posture while entertaining friends and
family or watching television. Spending hours on too-soft sofas in poor
posture can cause imbalances along the spine.
- Don’t cook, clean, and talk
on the phone all at once— unless you have a headset. Cradling the phone
between your ear and shoulder can lead to muscle tension and neck pain.
- Make yourself comfortable.
Prevent unnecessary body tension by wearing supportive shoes and
- Don’t try to carry too much
at once. Make frequent visits to your car to unload bags, if necessary.
For larger items, don’t be shy— ask your sales clerk for help!
- Remember, shopping can be an
endurance sport, so treat yourself right after
a long day of shopping. Stretch your muscles and take a hot shower or
bath to release tension that may have accumulated during the day.
- Wrap presents at a table.
While spreading out on the floor may be fun and convenient, it
encourages poor posture and tension.
Sticking to a routine of
physical activity, getting adequate rest, and eating well will also help
relieve stress and tension during the holidays. Above all, relax! It’s one of
the best things you can do for yourself, your family, and your back. And if
you do experience neck or back pain, be sure to fit an appointment with your
doctor of chiropractic into your busy schedule.
gulping more caffeine-laden drinks
Many kids are gulping down so-called “energy drinks” that are loaded with
caffeine far above levels Health Canada considers safe for
children. These drinks, with names like Red Bull or Mountain Dew
Energy, contain upwards of 160 mgs of caffeine. Here are the
recommended safe levels for consumption for children:
-4 to 6 years:
-7 to 9 years:
-10 to 12
years: 85 mg/day
the above link for more information. I think this is an important issue
to consider given that caffeine in children can cause difficulty
concentrating and sleep problems as well.
Study links antidepressant with
A retrospective study found an increased amount of birth defects in
babies being born to mothers who had taken Paxil,
an antidepressant, during their first trimester of pregnancy. This was
compared with women taking other antidepressants. To read more:
The article went
on to say “Doctors are advised to carefully weigh the potential risks and
benefits of using paroxetine (Paxil)
therapy in women during pregnancy.” With the use of antidepressants
being quite common, I thought this might be useful information.
office will be closed for the holidays from Saturday December 24, 2005 until
Sunday January 1, 2006 and will re-open on Monday January 2 at 7:30 am.
Monday and Friday 7:30am -1:00
Wednesday 7:30am -1:00pm
Tuesday and Thursday 10:00am
-1:00 & 3:00-7:00pm