Holiday Guide to Back Care

Parties. Gift shopping. Family gatherings. Curling up to watch a favorite movie on the couch…. The holiday season is full of reasons for good cheer. And yet, according to the American Physical Therapy Association, it is also prime time for Americans to suffer from back and neck pain.

For one thing, the stress associated with extra obligations during the holidays can increase muscle tension, aggravating any existing condition. But there are also a number of common seasonal activities— such as entertaining, shopping, and wrapping gifts— that can lead directly to back and neck pain. Here are a few tips from the American Chiropractic Association to help you stay pain free this holiday season.

At home:

  • Sit in a firm but comfortable chair, and pay attention to posture while entertaining friends and family or watching television. Spending hours on too-soft sofas in poor posture can cause imbalances along the spine.
  • Don’t cook, clean, and talk on the phone all at once— unless you have a headset. Cradling the phone between your ear and shoulder can lead to muscle tension and neck pain.

While shopping:

  • Make yourself comfortable. Prevent unnecessary body tension by wearing supportive shoes and non-restrictive clothing.
  • Leave your overstuffed purse at home. Instead, wear a fanny pack or take a small wallet containing only the essentials— credit card, driver’s license, and your gift list of course.
  • Don’t try to carry too much at once. Make frequent visits to your car to unload bags, if necessary. For larger items, don’t be shy— ask your sales clerk for help!
  • Remember, shopping can be an endurance sport, so treat yourself right after a long day of shopping. Stretch your muscles and take a hot shower or bath to release tension that may have accumulated during the day.

Wrapping gifts:

  • Wrap presents at a table. While spreading out on the floor may be fun and convenient, it encourages poor posture and tension.

Sticking to a routine of physical activity, getting adequate rest, and eating well will also help relieve stress and tension during the holidays. Above all, relax! It’s one of the best things you can do for yourself, your family, and your back. And if you do experience neck or back pain, be sure to fit an appointment with your doctor of chiropractic into your busy schedule.

Exclusive Offer

New Patients Receive FREE Consultation

Office Hours

Office Hours

Monday:

9:30 am-12:30 pm

3:00 pm-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

9:30 am-12:30 pm

3:00 pm-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

9:30 am-12:30 pm

3:00 pm-6:00 pm

Thursday:

Closed

Closed

Friday:

Closed

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

Locations

Find us on the map

Testimonials

Reviews From Our Satisfied Patients

  • "Dr. Bauer and his staff, Janet and Natalie, are worth MORE than 5 stars. They made each and every visit of mine not only comfortable, but enjoyable. Janet and Natalie are two of the absolute best office managers and chiropractic assistants in the world. The entire atmosphere is so welcoming and celebratory. They go all out for every holiday! It may sound simple but it really can make your day. Thank you Dr. Bauer and staff for making my recovery such a wonderful experience."
    Kyla W.
  • "Dr. Bauer and his staff are fantastic! I feel so much better since I have been seeing Dr. Bauer! Thanks!"
    Lisa A.
  • "We love being seen by Dr Bauer. The ladies at the desk are so nice. Thanks for being !"
    Tamara Karen S.

Featured Articles

Read about helpful topics

Newsletter Signup

Sign Up to Receive More Articles