|Holiday Stress and Winter
Activities Carry Special Concerns
In December 2001 informational releases from both the International
Chiropractors Association (ICA), and the American Chiropractic
Association (ACA), comes articles with tips for consumers this holiday
season. The ACA warns, "Winter recreational activities and
chores can pose problems for the outdoor enthusiast whose body is not in
condition." The ACA article stresses the importance of warm-ups
prior to winter activities or sports. "Simply put, warming up is
essential," says Olympic speed skater Derek Parra, gold medal winner
in the 1500 meters at last weekend's World Cup event in the Netherlands.
"In fact, when pressed for time, it's better to shorten the length of
your workout and keep a good warm-up than to skip the warm-up and dive
right into the workout."
The article from the ICA starts by saying, "With Thanksgiving 2001
behind us and the holiday season in full swing, it
is important to your good health to take a few simple steps to reduce the
stress and strain of this busy time. This is especially important in light
of the added anxiety we are all feeling as a result of the September 11th
tragedies." The article also stresses the importance of good
spinal health by adding, "Lift packages, firewood, your frozen
holiday turkey and other heavy items 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. Don't wait until you
are hurting to see your doctor of chiropractic. Chiropractic adjustments
can keep you going at your peak and help you get extra enjoyment from the
The most important things over the holidays are family and good health.
Chiropractic has been doing its part for over 100 years to help ensure the
good health of families. We do this by working to keep the nervous system
free of interference from subluxations. If your nervous system
functions free from interference, your entire body works better.
Basically, this means that your holidays are much better without
subluxations. So keep well adjusted over the holidays.