The most wonderful time of the year is also the busiest and most dangerous.
Too often, we find clients enter our practice with a few extra injuries after the holiday season. Whether it’s from playing cricket in the backyard or falling off a ladder, accidents often increase this time of year. So, with Christmas fast approaching, it’s important to be aware of the injuries that often occur during the festive season and how you can avoid them.
Be careful with the ladder
From putting the Christmas lights up to cleaning out the gutters, the holiday season is often the time where most accidents involving ladders occur. Not only can these types of injuries be severe, but they can also be fatal. To avoid an accident, ensure that you always wear no-slip shoes, never stand on the top of the ladder and have a friend holding it steady while in use.
The stressful season
From shopping for gifts to seeing the in-laws, the festive season can be a stressful time for some. As we know, stress can significantly impact the body. It can cause the muscles to become tense and stiff, while also being one of the main causes of headaches. That’s why, it’s essential to take time to perform daily stretches that will help you relax the body and mind.
Avoid sitting for long periods
With the holidays season here, many of us are quite happy to sit on the lounge and relax. However, low levels of activity can also lead to acute injuries in the body, especially the back and neck. Ensure that you keep moving every two hours to stretch your legs and circulate your blood to prevent your muscles from becoming stiff these holidays.
PPE for you and your children
From going on bike rides or playing a game of backyard cricket, it’s important to wear the correct safety equipment to avoid injury. We’ve found that Christmas presents are often the leading cause of many injuries. While the family may be excited to test out their Christmas presents, whether it’s a new tool or bike, forgetting to put on a helmet or PPE often results in an accident or injury. To avoid injury, ensure that you put safety first and wear the correct PPE before playing with the new Christmas toys.
Ease into new year resolutions
Trying to kick start your new year resolutions during the festive season? If your goal is to become fitter in the new year, it’s essential that you don’t go too hard too quick. Too often, we find clients enter our practice due to pushing themselves too hard, leading to a strain or tear in the muscles or ligaments.
When starting your new year resolutions, ensure that you start slow and gradually build yourself up to the level you want to achieve. By gradually increasing your load and activity levels by 10%, you’ll be able to achieve your goals without any injury in the upcoming year.
If you or a family member have been a bit too silly this festive season and are experiencing pain – talk to our team today. You can have the confidence knowing our qualified and highly skilled physiotherapists will bring you instant relief and get you back moving in no time.