Christmas is such a busy time of year and where we can often see good habits formed go out the window! Regular routines of exercise, good food and sleep are left behind temporarily, and this adds extra strain to already tired and challenged Musculoskeletal systems.
I often receive requests for appointments at this time of year from people who are decorating the Christmas tree then can’t straighten up with back pain, sprains and strains from injuries that are avoidable from rushing from here to there with a slip or a fall, neck pain getting those deadlines completed at work, or the dance floor disasters after too many Christmas cocktails!.
My advice – slow down where you can! Maintain some routine and take some time to reflect on what a year it has been. The little things really are the big things this year following the impact of Covid-19 and going back to basics can equip our musculoskeletal system cope better with changes of load. Think about it like putting savings in the bank, building resilience for those times when there is depletion of stores – Christmas is certainly that time for many.
Good sleep, Good nutrition and regular physical activity (outdoors too if you can!) reduces the risks of pain and the impact of it when it arrives, which sometimes is inevitable! Back to Basics often is the best first medicine but if we can help do get in touch!