Twas’ the night before Christmas; there wasn’t a sound.
Not a loyal client was stirring; no-one was around.
We’d left on the front desk some Gripsox and fitness gear,
Hoping that our sore & sorry clients would soon be back here.
With the festive season fast approaching, many of us are replacing our health & wellbeing for adventures, travel, social events and food. The festive season can be hard on our body and health. As Santa’s personal physio, I feel it is my responsibility to share my top tips on how to stay injury free and comfortable whilst still enjoying the festivities.
No 1. Watch your posture
If you’re about to jump in the car for 12 hours to spend Christmas with the in-laws remember to watch your posture and take regular rest stops. Santa spends many hours travelling all over the world, so we make sure he has good sitting posture and takes lots of breaks to stretch out his legs.
No 2. Be careful lifting
Take care of your back when lifting heavy or awkward things over the Christmas period. Santa always makes sure he sticks to the following recommendations:
• If the object is heavy, keep the load close to your body.
• If the object is really heavy &/or awkward to carry, use an extra set of hands to help
• Avoid combination movements with extra load e.g. Lifting, bending and twisting all at once.
• Avoid heavy physical labour first thing in the morning. Give your back a chance to warm up first.
• Use your legs to help lift. Don’t stoop over to lift objects.
No 3. Warm up before backyard cricket
You’ve been summoned to the backyard for the annual Christmas cricket game. Be sensible and take a moment to warm up. This will significantly reduce your risk of injury. Try and stick to within your limits and avoid over-exerting yourself to keep up with your kids or grandchildren.
No 4. Keep moving
Remember to keep the body moving throughout the festive season. This will ensure your body isn’t completely deconditioned when you return to your regular fitness routine. If you have been given a specific exercise program from your physiotherapist it is important you keep doing them.
If you have any niggling injuries or pain that you think might be flared up over the festive season, please give us a call. Likewise, if you get injured or experience pain over the holidays we will be here every day except for public holidays. No rest for Santa’s personal Physios!
Have a Merry Christmas and always remember, health is the gift that keeps giving!
Gillian Burgess (Physiotherapist)