Chiropractic care can be very beneficial during the holiday season. Between Christmas and New Year’s people are going at a hectic pace. All the running about to prepare for these holidays can cause not only emotional stress physical stress as well.

Shopping, cooking, work and getting those presents ready for that special day causes a lot of folks to feel tension and pain in the neck, shoulders, and upper back. There are things that you can do to help to decrease this type of pain without medications.

We are not saying that the holidays are not a wonderful time of the year, but less face it… there is always stress and anxiety involved when dealing with crowds of people and driving in traffic that can be horrific. When a lot of people are stressed and/or anxious they tend to hold themselves with muscles tightened.

This is especially true of the neck and upper back region. Have you noticed yourself during heavy traffic becoming stiff in the neck area and upper back? When this happens, it puts pressure on the vertebra of the neck and upper back. This causes areas to become misaligned which can lead to increased pain in these areas. This in turn can also affect the lower back area. For those that already have back pain, taking care of the problem is a must.

For those without usual low back pain a little preventive care goes a long way to prevent later problems. Your chiropractor may also offer you methods to help decrease the possibility of a strain to your neck and upper back.

Ways to Help Decrease the Likelihood of Problems:

  • Exercise is a great stress reliever
  • Maintaining a healthy diet (this can be tough this time of the year)
  • Take time out from the hustle and bustle surrounding the season for something you enjoy
  • Maintaining good posture helps to keep the spine in alignment
  • Breathing exercises increases oxygen to the muscles and gives you something else to concentrate on besides what must be done.

These are just a few example items that can help during the holiday. There are many ways besides medication to help relieve this type of pain for most people. Be sure to talk with your chiropractor to see how they can help you to prevent or decrease the amount of pain that happens this time of the year.

Back care is one of the most important aspects of staying healthy and fit. Even if it only seems like it’s during this stressful time of the year that you suffer from these symptoms, treating them appropriately will decrease the likelihood of future problems. Ask anyone that has chronic back pain, and they will tell you to do preventive care now before it gets more difficult to treat.

Give Lane Chiropractic a call today to see how we can help you.