Planning on shopping ’til you drop? CBS News reports that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that over 50,000 people every year sustain some sort of winter-related back injury, and 5,800 of those are holiday decorating-related.
Your back could sustain all sorts of strain from carrying heavy purchases, and from the increased stress of lugging suitcases, decorations and gifts.
Primary care physician Dr. Alanna Levine spoke to Debbye Turner Bell on CBS’ “The Early Show” about how your protect your back this holiday season.
Travel can be another pain in the back – from carrying heavy luggage. Again, Dr. Levine stresses not to pack everything into one bag.
When unloading bags from an airport carousel, Dr. Levine suggests standing close to the carousel and bending your knees to lift it up. “You want to avoid that reach-and-lift. It puts a lot of strain on your lower back,” she said.
When it comes to holiday decorating, people can get adventurous. Dr. Levine suggests decorating in pairs, so one person can hand the lights and ornaments to the other person to hang, as to avoid reaching or twisting to get what you need.