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AdvanceSRM's helpful guide to a pain free Christmas!

  • Author: John Hughes
  • Published: 15th December 2015
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AdvanceSRM's helpful guide to a pain free Christmas!

It's that magical time of year again and Father Christmas is limbering up to ensure that every stocking is filled in time for the big day.

Like Father Christmas, you are starting tasks not attempted since last year and your muscles might be starting to creak.  Decorating the tree, wrapping mountains of presents, hanging the decorations or bending down to lift that enormous turkey from the oven;  your back will cry out for respite and your neck will have you teetering on the edge of a full blown migraine. This may dim your Christmas spirit!

About 1 in 3 of us will suffer with some form of musculo-skeletal pain over Christmas.  So what can you do to help reduce the probability of waking up with a painful twinge that wasn't there the day before?

Here are 5 helpful hints to enjoy a pain free Christmas. 

1. Ensure a good posture when wrapping presents and take regular breaks to stretch tired muscles.  Avoid awkward positions such as sitting on the floor or leaning over too far which places undue stress on neck and back muscles.  Wrap the present sitting or standing at a surface that is a comfortable height for you.   

2. Plan to stretch, move around or walk at regular intervals during the Christmas season.  Sitting for prolonged periods of time can lead to lower back pain.  Regular walks will stretch the muscles and ensure you grab some fresh air whilst burning off the calories.

3. Avoid the extended after-dinner sleep on the sofa or spending hours in front of the TV.  Sitting in an awkward position may result in neck or back stiffness or pain.  Move around and stretch and take action by positioning a pillow to support your lower back or support your neck with a rolled-up towel.

4. Organise regular breaks when driving long distances this Christmas.  Sitting for hours in traffic can result in discomfort in the neck, shoulders and most commonly the lower back.  Plan your trips to include sensible breaks and ensure you take time out to stretch tired muscles or simply taking a walk.

 5. Stay hydrated! Alcohol dehydrates the body and this will have a negative effect on your body. Dehydrated muscles are more prone to strain so ensure a healthy supply of the good old H2O. Be kind to your muscles and drink lots of water!

Look after yourself this Christmas investing a little time and energy in keeping pain free.  If you experience signs of discomfort or pain then you are probably in need of a helping hand from a Clinical Soft tissue & Remedial Massage at AdvanceSRM.  My name is John Hughes and I can help.

Contact me via phone/text on 07576322879 or by emailing for an appointment or advice about any discomfort or pain you may be experiencing. 

Still looking for that special gift this Christmas? Contact me to find out more.

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