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Rebecca Nicholas, clinic director and principle Chiropractor, at Back 2 Balance, Hove, gives her tops tips for surviving Christmas in a 12 day countdown.

 

Carrying the Christmas tree
As an adult that doesn’t have any children (yet!), I can’t say this one has ever affected me and my back as we have an artificial tree that we get down from the loft (yes, yes, I’m waiting for all your banter folks!).  However, over the last 10 years of private practice I have had people injure their lower backs

  • lifting, transporting, and getting the tree home
  • trying to place the tree in it’s stand
  • attempting to dispose of the tree and get it out of the house.

Why not share this job with someone else as they are cumbersome and heavy, and you can then reciprocate with your friend or neighbour. Alternatively, why not get it delivered to your house!

If you are going to do the physical bending and lifting, then look below at my posture of lifting (albeit something very light like our small artificial tree!). My back is pretty straight and not rounded, my knees are bent as are my hips. you then lift with your legs rather than your back. Do what chiropractors do and think ahead…… alternatively book your chiropractic adjustment in advance as it’s a common injury 😉

xmas