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Skelian Chiropractic Clinic

The award-winning back & neck specialists

The award-winning
back & neck specialists

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Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, here are some tips, to avoid a bad back!

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, here are some tips, to avoid a bad back!

I know it's corny ... but Christmas is a very busy time for chiropractors, because back problems are all too common. Each Christmas we see lots of patients at Skelian with a variety of different problems, but many of them are preventable.

One of the main reasons is that so many of us are doing things that we are not used to doing at other times of the year. For example, someone who sits at a desk every day can suddenly find themselves diving around the sitting room playing the latest Wii game, while many people with very physical jobs can end up sitting on the sofa for a few days. But there is also the turkey to lift into the oven, the shopping to do, putting up the Christmas tree, wrapping the presents, driving across the country to visit relatives, and of course falling asleep in the armchair!

At Skelian, we manage a variety of different musculoskeletal conditions, but importantly we also look at prevention by advising on exercise, ergonomics and lifestyle choices.

In the meantime, here are a few tips to help you get through the festive season, and hopefully prevent a few unnecessary calls to the chiropractor

Tips to Keep your Back Safe this Christmas:


  • When carrying a lot of shopping, try to ensure that bags are carried evenly between each arm, and when you have to stand in a long queue, keep transferring your weight from one leg to another. Some pelvic tilts will also help (if you know how).
  • Watch out when carrying large items or a Christmas tree. It is not necessarily the weight that is the problem, but an awkward shape. Try and keep your elbows as close to your side as possible, avoid twisting and bending, and try to share the load with someone else.
  • Wrap the Christmas presents on a table or kitchen worktop, and avoid the trap of spreading everything out on the floor and having to bend and twist for prolonged periods.
  • Preparing a big Christmas meal can often take longer than expected, with additional strain on the mid and low back. Take regular breaks, or do what you can in advance and spread it out over a couple of days.
  • Bend your hips and knees (not your back) when maneuvering the turkey into the oven. Stand with your feet wide apart and ask for someone to help if you can.
  • We know that sitting still for long periods of time aggravates back pain. Make sure that you change position regularly and get up and walk about at regular intervals.
  • Falling asleep on the sofa is often a recipe for disaster (and a "crick" in the neck to go with it). Try to avoid it if possible, but if you know you can't, then put a towel around your neck to support your head if you nod off.
  • Long car journeys over the Christmas period (and at other times) are a common cause of back pain. Check your driving position, take regular breaks for a stretch, and share the driving if possible.


If you would like more information or advice, then please contact us and we will be happy to discuss your circumstances with you and advise whether we can help.