Is back pain ruining your holiday season?
It’s bad enough that neck and back pain rob you of special moments in your life throughout the year, but the loss seems even worse during the holidays. You want nothing more than to go ice skating or Christmas caroling with your family and friends, but your back pain just won’t quit.
Here are some tips to help you get through the holiday season if you have back pain:
Stay fit. Despite the hustle and bustle that descends on life during the holiday season, staying in shape is an important part of reducing neck or back pain. Making a point to continue to incorporate your fitness routine into your day will help you stave off bad habits that can take root during the holiday season. Try to make sure that, at the very least, you walk for at least 30 minutes 5 days per week.
Eat healthy. It’s easy to forgo healthy eating during the holidays because so much scrumptious food seems to appear. Rule of thumb: you can eat whatever you want — just in moderation. Making conscious decisions to help maintain a healthy diet through the holiday season will go a long way in helping with neck or back pain. A healthy diet helps prevent weight gain, which reduces the strain placed on your back.
Embrace heat. Whether you are traveling, visiting a friend, shopping or just roaming around the house, heat therapy can help reduce your chronic back pain. Consider getting the heating pads that adhere to your body to help with inflammation. You can remove or reposition them at any time.
Sit well. If you are traveling to visit friends and family, consider investing in an ergonomic cushion to sit on. This may help alleviate the discomfort associated with sitting. Also, remember to avoid sitting in one position for too long. Get up and move around every 15 to 20 minutes. This will help keep your pain to a minimum.
Spend time with family and friends. The holiday season is meant to be spent with family and friends. Make sure you don’t let your neck or back pain stop you from making memories that will last a lifetime. Remember, it is OK to tell your family and friends that you are in pain and need to rest.
Don’t overdo it. It’s OK to admit, and verbalize, that you can’t do it all. With chronic neck and back pain, you may have some certain limitations. Feel free to do whatever feels comfortable, but make sure to stop if the action causes pain. For example, you may not be able to cut down the Christmas tree or decorate it, but you can volunteer to take pictures to capture the memories. When it comes to wrapping gifts, enlist some help from others – they can be your little Christmas elves.