While many are hanging Christmas lights and counting down until the appropriate time to play holiday music from their car stereos, others know that the holiday season can bring with it many stressors that can be difficult to tackle. Here are the top ten ways incorporating gentle chiropractic adjustments can help ease your holiday overwhelm and help you enjoy this joyful season.
1 - Relief for Travelers
November through December is the busiest time of year for traveling, whether by car or plane. Being in a car for long periods of time, tensing up if driving in bad weather or heavy traffic, long lines at the airports, pressure changes in the cabin of a plane, sleeping in strange beds (or pullout couches), carrying heavy bags…it can all take its toll. Chiropractic care can provide great relief for stress injuries brought on by wear and tear from traveling. A kink in the neck from sleeping on a bad pillow, sore shoulder from lifting heavy suitcases, sciatica pain from a long car ride; get an adjustment to help you get from A to B with ease.
2 - Eases Stress
Whether you are dealing with family stressors or hosting the holiday meal this year, this can be a time of great stress. Budgeting for gifts, holiday meals, or travel expenses can bring on unnecessary tension. Our bodies handle stress by tensing up, getting headaches, neck pain, low back pain, jaw pain, and even stomach aches. Chiropractic care is powerful and can be a great way to address the negative effects of stress on the body.
3 - Winter Weather Injury
Snow and ice can cause injuries from falling, car accidents, shoveling, skiing or snowboarding tumbles and more. It is important to get examined right away if any of these things happen. Often times, you may not feel the pain until hours or even days after the injury happens. During that time, you may be causing more damage. Getting a chiropractic adjustment right away will help the healing process and assist in preventing further damage.
4 - Seasonal Affective Disorder
With the hours of exposed sunlight growing much shorter, our vitamin D levels drop this time of year. Chiropractic care has a positive impact on the nervous system in a natural way without the need of antidepressants for this time of year. These adjustments can balance the spinal cord and CSF. Being in balance, pain free, and having all of our systems functioning properly can be enough of a boost for many to prevent depression.
5 - Fighting Illness
Being stuck indoors, weaker immune systems, decreased vitamin D levels, and stress can all impact our health in a negative way. Getting adjusted regularly can balance the nervous system, boost the immune system, promote lymph drainage and strengthen the lungs and other organs. It also helps eliminate and excrete toxins that can make us unhealthy. Chiropractic can also help fight ear infections, sinus infections and many other illnesses that occur more often in the winter months. Use it to prevent many conditions so that you can stay healthy this year.
6 - Sluggish Digestion
During the holidays, we tend to change our eating habits for the negative. We eat more, the food we eat is heavier, it’s not as fresh, we consume less fruits and vegetables, and our meals contain more starches and sugars, and less fiber. This can affect our digestion in many ways. We can become constipated, bloated, gassy, or have heartburn. Chiropractic impacts our digestion because it affects the nervous system, which controls the nerves that go to our stomach and intestines. If this communication is not running smoothly, our digestion can slow down. Adjustments can keep your bowels running smoothly and help assist in proper digestion.
7 - Unusual Movement
Many people injure themselves from using bad form while shoveling snow or raking leaves, or even climbing ladders to hang decorations. Wet, heavy snow can be damaging, especially when bending and twisting. It is important to have an ergonomic shovel that is the correct length for your height. Use proper form, and if you are not healthy enough to do the work, hire someone else to do it for you. If you do injure yourself, make sure to get seen by a chiropractor right away to avoid damaging the area even more.
8 - Shopping Stigma
Standing on concrete floors at large stores for long periods of time can cause back pain and knee pain. Over-doing it when you are shopping by carrying bags and boxes that are too heavy for you can cause shoulder and elbow pain. Be careful when shopping to avoid injury and get adjusted should you begin to feel misaligned.
9 - Post-Holiday Detox
After a couple of months of gorging on candy, cookies, alcohol and other treats, our bodies can benefit from a detox. The impact of sugar, processed foods, and extra fat can take a toll on our liver, kidneys, and digestive system. A thorough cleanse can help purify our system and get us balanced again. It is important to include chiropractic while cleansing, as the adjustments help regulate the digestive system and keep things moving smoothly.
10 - New Year, New Workout Regimen
Exercising is the best way to lose weight, lower your blood sugar, lower your blood pressure, lower your cholesterol and more, which is why many Americans put it on their New Year’s Resolution list. Exercising, when done properly, strengthens muscles and increases bone density. But many people don’t make it through the first month, let alone a whole year. One of the reasons people stop working out is because of pain or injury. Everyone should be evaluated by a chiropractor before starting an exercise routine, especially if they are new to regular exercise. It is important for the body to be balanced before starting to exercising, or one side of the body will be weaker and have to compensate for the other, which in turn can lead to future injuries.
We want you to enjoy your holiday season and head into next year feeling like your best self so call us today to set up your appointment!