The holiday season is an incredible time for people of all ages. From the sight of kids opening presents, to the joy of seeing loved ones gathered together, it just seems like life has a glow and a special spirit about it during the latter part of the year. The chilly weather beckons people inside, calling us to closeness with one another. Familiar songs, delicious food, and a few joyous days out of the office are just a few of the things that put a smile on our faces.
But then comes the stress. The added financial pressure of the gifts stack on top of the tasks that can make entertaining challenging. Long hours traveling seem to lead to the family frustrations. This stress not only leads to social and emotional challenges, it can lead to an unhealthy spine. At True Life Chiropractic, we can’t say that we hold the secrets to planning the perfect holiday meal or how to pick the perfect present. However, we’d like to share with you three tips that we believe can help you maintain a healthy spine during the next Christmas season.
- Stretch regularly when you’re traveling. Long hours in the car or on an airplane takes a significant toll on our bodies. Human bodies weren’t designed to be in a seated position for significant amounts of time, especially in these type of tight quarters. When you’re traveling, make every attempt to spend at least 10 minutes of every hour in motion. While this can be tough at times, even standing up from your seat on the plane or a quick stop at a gas station to stretch your legs, arms, and spine can make a significant difference in rejuvenating your blood flow, keep muscles limber, and facilitate a properly aligned spine.
- Exercise properly. If you’re anything like us, one of the best parts of the holiday season is all of the delicious food. It’s easy to over-indulge during this time of year on holiday dinners and desserts, and we’re certainly not here to be the Christmas Cookie Police. However, failing to get the proper daily exercise can leave you feeling groggy and stressed, make you enjoy special moments less, and make your body sore from lack of movement. Weak core muscles lead to poor spinal alignment and bad posture. This added pressure can pinch nerves, cause body aches, and irritate stubborn neck and lower back twinges. Consider making time for at least a walk every day, and when at all possible, don’t forgo your exercise routine. There’s no need to pack on holiday pounds just to try to lose them at the turn of the new year!
- Make time for regular adjustments. Our spines weren’t meant to absorb all of the stress and strain that we put on ourselves for 10% of the year without caring for them. Long hours of sitting, hard work, and added stress gets absorbed into our most critical nervous system. A properly aligned spine is the core through which so many of our body processes function, so it only makes sense that you’ll feel better during this most joyous time of year when you have a healthy spine. At True Life Chiropractic, we would love to help make this season brighter for you by helping you maintain a healthy spine. Seasons greetings everyone!