Warding Off Back Pain During the Holidays
The autumn brings cooler weather, feelings of thanksgiving, plenty of seasonal festivities—and flare-ups in back pain. With the holiday season poking its head around the corner, the experts at Lewis Pain & Physical Medicine are here to share some tips to help you focus on the reason for the season — not your chronic pain.
Manage Your Stress Levels
While it’s normal to experience elevated levels of stress every now and then, chronic stress can be harmful to your musculoskeletal health. This is because prolonged exposure to your body’s stress response results in taut and tense muscles, which can result in pain radiating in the lower back.
Some ways that you can lower your stress this holiday season include:
- Taking a walk around your neighborhood.
- Listening to music you enjoy.
- Taking a warm shower or bath.
- Reading your favorite book.
- Spending time with loved ones.
- Trying mindfulness meditation.
- Setting boundaries and saying “no.”
- Deep breathing exercises.
Decorate with Caution
With plenty of dinner parties, family gatherings, and other festivities coming up, it’s expected that you’ll want your home to look its best. However, decorating for the holidays can lead to slips, falls, and strains that can exacerbate existing back pain.
To help get you through this time of year unscathed, remember to take these precautions when putting up the lights and decorations this year:
- Carry heavy objects close to your torso.
- Always bend at the knee and lift with your legs when moving boxes.
- Use a sturdy ladder when putting up decorations.
- Have someone present to hold the ladder and hand you decorations and tools.
Properly Prepare for Travel
Many people find themselves traveling this time of year to spend time with friends and family. Whether you’re taking a car, plane, or train—sitting in an uncomfortable position for several hours can lead to muscle stiffness and unwanted back pain.
Fortunately, thinking ahead and keeping these tips in mind can help to ensure safe and comfortable travels:
- Pack heating pads to help relieve muscle tension.
- Bring ice packs to combat pain-causing inflammation.
- Remember to pack a neck pillow for added neck support.
- When in the car, use your set’s heating setting to prevent stiff muscles.
If you have additional questions about your unique condition, be sure to speak with your pain management team.
Pain Management Specialists in Frisco and Irving, TX
At Lewis Pain & Physical Medicine, we understand that aches and pains affecting the body can negatively impact your quality of life. Our team of pain management specialists and physiotherapists works with our patients to create efficient and effective treatment plans specific to their individual needs and goals.
Call on the specialists at Lewis Pain & Physical Medicine and let us be your partner in pain relief! To schedule a free consultation, call (214) 613-0960 or fill out our online contact form today to be seen within 48 hours.