It’s not unusual to take extra time off for the fall and winter holidays. Most workers will get Thanksgiving Day and the following Friday off, while some employees manage to stretch the downtime to a full week. If you have the vacation hours to spare, enjoy them.
If chronic back pain is an issue over the holidays (as well as the rest of the year), the experts at Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists can help with the right pain management program to improve your quality of life. As you leave work behind for the long weekend, take care that it doesn’t creep into your free time. This goes for the habits that may exacerbate your pain.
A recent article in Entrepreneur touches on the connection between desk jobs and back pain. Poor posture, excessive hours of sitting, and incorrect body movements (e.g. not bending the knees while lifting objects) can contribute to prolonged pain. These problems may easily carry over to home, but are remedied by simple changes:
- Bend down with your knees when checking your holiday dinner in the stove.
- Maintain good posture at the dinner table – feet firmly on the floor, hands in line with your forearms, and back erect with shoulders relaxed and not hunched.
- Make some time to exercise before the big dinner. Go for a walk to work up your appetite.
- Stay hydrated throughout the day.
Back and joint pain need not hinder your enjoyment this holiday season. The physicians and specialists at Bon Secours VOSS are here to diagnose and treat your pain, be it brought on by injury, illness or age. We offer non-invasive therapies in addition to other programs. Contact us today to learn about how we can help.