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Well, it has been quite a year so far hasn’t it?

With all the upheaval and inconsistency there’s one thing that you can be sure of, treating yourself to more cheese chocolate and alcohol than you usually would for a few weeks, hopefully relatively guilt-free too!

I really hope you’ve all been enjoying this Christmas period, even if you’re surrounded by fewer people than you’d like or are usually accustomed to.

Regardless of the people, you can’t see in person I’m sure that the same festive fun and excesses are in full flow but do we really consider the additional stress that it can put on our bodies? Certainly not until its too late anyhow!

Food and drink aside we tend to put a lot of stress on our backs this time of year, from carrying heavy presents and shopping, shifting furniture around to fit in family and slouching in front of the tv for extended periods, not to mention standing over the stove and sky-high sinks full of washing up.

Despite it feeling like and technically being a holiday, it can often feel like more work than you’re used to throughout the working year and we don’t tend to realise it.

As such here are a few tips from us to help you limit any aggravations that could hinder your winter fun.

 

Limiting Back Pain

Help yourself to avoid back pain over Christmas by incorporating at least one or two of the following activities:

Take some time each day to do some back strengthening exercises and stretches, with just a few minutes each day you can keep your back primed for the extra off the cuff exertions. Try a few in the morning and a few after an evening bath or before bed.

Every so often just is mindful to check your posture when sitting or lying around for too long, especially following a bout of indulgence, post-lunch and dinner for instance.

Also, be mindful of your posture if finding yourself on your phone or laptop for long periods, this is often overlooked and is a major cause of neck and shoulder issues if left unchecked.

 

Is back pain already present?

Over resting can cause the pain to grow so be sure to try and stay active, even if it’s too wet to get out for a walk why not sit on the floor instead of the sofa periodically and do some floor stretches to keep you feeling nimble and your muscles and joints ‘worked’.

Whatever works for you try to stay as active as you can and try to stick to a daily routine. Nothing exceptional but simple and often will do you the world of good and keep you nimble enough to start 2021 on the right foot, or left if you prefer!

Looking forward to 2021 I like to thank you all for your support this year and I’m sure the coming 12 months won’t be as limiting and stressful as the 12 we’ve just endured.

I will be open again from 8th January 2021 regardless of any lockdowns as Osteopaths are keyworkers and due to strict PPE protocols we are able to continue working. If you need to contact me in the meantime please don’t hesitate to email and pose any questions you may have.

 

Merry Christmas to and a very Happy New Year!

I look forward to seeing you all soon 🙂

Until then,

Much love to you and yours!

Sophie x