The Back Dr Shellharbour`s Holiday Survival Guide

Another year has flown by and Christmas is upon us again. As much as we love the holiday season, it can sometimes take its toll on our bodies and also our spine and nervous systems.

Whether it is overindulging in too much Christmas pudding or wine, lugging heavy pressies around the shops, or stressing if you have everything organised in time for Christmas day, it can be a stressful period on the body in many ways. So, we have come up with some simple Christmas health tips.

• Keep moving! Go for a walk or do some of your daily stretching exercises and make it a regular part of your holiday period.

• Leave Santa and his reindeer some carrots and apples, not chocolate cookies! I’m sure he is getting plenty of cookies, reduce those chemical stressors which affect his vital spine and nervous system.

• Try and remember your postures and optimal lifting techniques when lugging around heavy gifts at the shops.

• If doing things you don’t normally do, like your yearly renovations or gardening works, remember to take it easy and listen to your body for any warning signs that may indicate you have subluxations. Such as reduced range of motion, stiffness, pain or soreness, etc.

• Just because it’s Christmas does not mean you have to eat the whole pudding or the whole cheesecake. Remember everything in moderation, and try to keep to a normal every day routine. According to ‘Nutrition Australia’ we put on an average of 0.8-1.5kg over the Christmas period. It could take weeks just to shed those kilos again.

• Make an alcohol deal with yourself! Don’t have any more than you would have had normally if it wasn’t Christmas. Alcohol only dehydrates you and has vast negative effects on your health and wellbeing.

• Anxiety, depression and stress are very common during the festive season. Take some time out for either yourself or your immediate family. Whether it is a hobby or a quiet getaway, take some time out and remember that stress can have a dramatic impact on your spinal health.

• Get enough sleep. Plan for some early nights in as the ‘silly’ season can cause havoc with our sleeping routines.

• Keep your spine adjusted and subluxation free. Although we will be closed between 25th December until 8th January 2018, we will be back, for your backs on Monday the 8th of January.

Our practice will be closed as of Christmas day, and we will reopen Monday 8th of January 2018.

The Back Dr Shellharbour would like to warmly wish everyone a happy and safe holiday period. Have a fantastic Christmas and an even better 2018!

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