The holiday season is the busiest time of year for most people. Whether you are traveling by car, plane, or train, traveling can cause extra stress to your life. Sitting for extended periods of time can cause your body to be stiff and your muscles to tighten. Lifting heavy suitcases can cause low back pain. Sleeping on air mattresses or uncomfortable couches can put a “kink” into your neck. Chiropractors can help ease your body out of pain and get you back to feeling like yourself again.
Family time is wonderful, but it can also be stressful. Trying to make every event on your family’s holiday calendar can be daunting and cause you to get stressed out. When you mentally get stressed out, your body may respond with tense muscles, headaches, insomnia, and even stomach pains. Chiropractic is a wonderful way shift your mindset towards positive thoughts and can get your mind and body healthy again.
3. BAD WEATHER
Weather in Colorado is unpredictable. Today as I am writing this, the snowfall totals are over 10 inches for Fort Collins. Snowy conditions not only cause car accidents, but they can also cause slips and falls. Hopefully, these instances don’t happen to you; a car slides into you, you rear-end someone at a stop light, or you slip on your driveway. Pain may not develop immediately but can result hours or days after. If these unfortunate events do happen, it is important to get checked by a chiropractor right away.
Going along with the snowy conditions that are likely to happen around the holidays, comes the clean-up of such weather. The snow must go somewhere, and someone has to move it. Shoveling can cause flare ups to already existing pain, but it can also cause new pains. You may not be using proper form as you lift incredibly heavy snow with your plastic shovel. Make sure that your shovel is the correct length for your body, and is sturdy enough to help you lift the snow.
5. DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS
The holiday season does not get a good reputation for being the healthiest time of the year. Heavy, dense meals are common and sweet treats are the norm. With an increase in these comfort foods, many of us tend to not get enough fruits and vegetables into our diet. Without a proper amount of fruits and vegetables, your digestive system will begin to slow down. Chiropractic can help maintain proper digestion by freeing up misalignments in your spine, allowing the nerves to properly get to your digestive tract to keep things on schedule.
Want to learn more? Check out part two of this blog series to see 5 more reasons you can benefit from a trip to the chiropractor this holiday season!