Stresses Can Increase Health Risks
Chiropractors Association (ICA) has issued helpful holiday hints and
recommendations to ward off health problems over the holidays. Overeating
was of particular interest as it related to physical stress placed on the
spine. According to the release, "A bulging stomach can put
pressure on your body support
systems, including your spine and spinal nerves. Every extra pound
in the abdominal region could put 10 pounds more stress on the lower back.
This stress can last a short time, such as just after eating a
heavy meal or lifting a package improperly.
It may also become chronic, as heavy eating during the holidays may
lead to weight gain, and carrying extra pounds can put added strain on the
supporting structures of the spine and nervous system.”
The release also notes that
additional weight can force the pelvis and torso to shift and cause
changes in spinal balance, leading to spinal misalignments (known as
subluxations) and malfunction in the entire body. The ICA has
prepared several helpful tips to follow. They are:
When lifting packages, firewood, or your
frozen holiday turkey and other heavy items, lift with your legs, not
your back. When lifting,
hold objects close to your body; rather than flexing forward, maintain
a slight arch in your lower back and bend at the knees before standing
up with the object. That
way, the lifting is done primarily with the strong muscles of the legs
supporting the load.
cooking or standing for an extended period, elevate one foot with a
foot rest or stacked books, about six inches from the floor.
Alternately elevating each foot relieves tired back and leg
muscles--similar to the function the foot rest serves for customers
standing at a counter--and helps prevent bad posture habits that can
lead to abnormal spinal curvatures.
traveling by car or plane, place a pillow or folded towel behind the
small of the back to help maintain the arch in your lower back and
support the rest of the body properly.
This relieves the discs and joint structures of the spine from
addition to fastening your seat belt for car trips, adjust the head
rest to align with your head, at least up to ear level.
This is important to support and protect the head and neck in
the unfortunate event of a sudden stop.
Get enough rest.
Many health problems that occur with the holidays are simply
due to fatigue. By simply
getting adequate rest, you can help prevent structural strain,
emotional and cognitive imbalance, and general health problems.