Thanksgiving is a time full of family fun, cooler weather, delicious food, and… back pain? For too many of us, that last bit of holiday tradition hangs like a dark cloud over the other, happier things. Of the celebrations enjoyed over the holiday season, Thanksgiving may be the biggest back pain culprit, too.
Think about what you do during Thanksgiving time. You stand for hours in the kitchen preparing a feast for your loved ones. You bend over to reach into cabinets, pick up heavy pots and pans, and carry them all about the kitchen. You sit for extended periods of time at the family table and on the couch after the meal.
All of these activities (or lack thereof) can contribute to back pain. In fact, while you’re making memories that will last a lifetime, you could unknowingly be hurting yourself. So, how do you keep your back pain-free this Thanksgiving?
We’re glad you asked and have gathered a few tips to prevent unnecessary pain this holiday season. Read on to free yourself of discomfort and truly enjoy the best time of the year!
Take a Break
Whether you’re working in the kitchen or sitting at the table enjoying the fruits of your labor, it’s important that you take breaks. Doing so will disrupt the static nature of what you’re doing and get your body moving in different ways, helping your muscles and, most likely, your psyche.
Whether it’s going for a brisk walk in the beautiful Fall weather or taking some time to play with the kids that are undoubtedly running around, taking a break from being stationary—on your feet or on your rear—will work wonders for your back!
Be Aware of Posture
Your posture legitimately affects the entirety of your body and how you feel. While this is true year-round, it’s especially pertinent during the holiday season when our activities and habits shift a bit.
From hunching over the stove to lounging for long periods, doing anything with poor posture will eventually catch up with you. Make sure you’re standing and sitting with good posture. Try not to slouch, place all your weight on just one leg, or otherwise compromise your posture!
No, we’re not questioning the outfit you chose; rather, we’re suggesting that you wear the right shoes! A lot of back pain is a result of your posture, and even if you are maintaining yours well, the wrong shoes can still throw your body off.
If you’re going to be on your feet a lot—in the kitchen or otherwise—appropriate footwear is essential. From grippy soles to arch support, wear something comfortable and supportive. In other words, avoid heels, no matter how stunning they may be!
We hope these quick tips keep you back pain-free this Thanksgiving so that you can enjoy your loved ones, the food, and all the other wonderful things the holiday brings. For more information on how you can correct your back pain, please reach out to us. We’d love to hear from you and help you get your back on track!