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Avoid Holiday decorating injuries

We are right in the middle of the holiday season, Thanksgiving passed and now it’s time for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year’s. The end of the year is always busy but this is the time to create memories with family and loved ones! From get togethers, traveling to decorating and so much more. 

With all these fun times ahead, let’s remember to be safe as well! Winter is a magical time but the weather poses dangers for everyone. Do you know what to do when your back goes out? Continue reading to learn about common injuries related to the holiday season, how you can prevent it or what to do when it happens. 

Common injuries 

Studies have shown that there has been more injuries during the months of November and December. 

  • Holiday decorating 

  • Slips and falls

  • Frostbite

  • Back injuries 

  • Car accidents 

  • Cuts from packages 

  • Ski or snowboarding injuries 

How to prevent injuries

One of the first things you should do before decorating is check your tools to make sure they are working properly. For example, your ladder; you want to be sure that all the hinges and screws are tight. This might be a no-brainer, but make sure that your ladder steps are clean and dry and it’s placed somewhere stable. Another thing to note, having a drink before or during decorating is not recommended. 

It’s winter, snow is falling and it’s wet outside. Be sure to slow down and wear shoes that have good traction on them. It’s also possible to slip and fall in your house, take precautions and make sure that your rugs are slip-resistant. 

It’s cold outside! Before you head out of the house, make you are dressed properly. Warm pants, jacket, gloves and socks can help you prevent frostbite. Stay warm when you are shoveling the snow out of your driveway, remember to shovel with your legs and not your back! 

Another way to throw your back out this holiday season is lifting heavy luggage. We understand that this is a busy time of year, and you are in a “go, go, go,” state of mind but remember to slow down! You should also follow this when you are in a car. The roads are slippery and busy, there’s no need to rush, loved ones would rather see you healthy and late! 

With online shopping becoming more popular, there have been more cuts to your hands during the winter. Be sure to pay attention when opening a package, there could be something sharp in the box! You can also cut your fingers or hand when opening the package. 

What to do when your back goes out 

If you accidentally picked your suitcase up too fast or had a misstep and now your back is in pain, here’s what to do when your back goes out. 

  • Visit Wisniewski for an adjustment or massage 

  • Stay warm this winter 

  • Make sure you keep a healthy diet 

Did you know that the cold weather can impact back pain? The reason behind this is because your muscles, tendons and ligaments can become more stiff with cold weather. 

Just because you know what to do when your back goes out doesn’t mean that you should just throw it out! Take care of yourself, treat your body to any one of our wonderful services! Contact us today to schedule your adjustment, massage or any of our services!  

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We’re Wisniewski Chiropractic, part of the Thrive Wellness Omaha network. Dr. Wisniewski is an expert in chiropractic care. We believe in healthcare that relies less on medication and more on  prevention through the use of proper diet, exercise and patient education. Our chiropractic services follow a three-part plan: relieve your pain first, address the root cause, and make a plan for your future wellness