Well­ness Arti­cles

Chi­ro­prac­tors Cau­tion Hol­i­day Stress Increases Health Risks

The above is the head­line from a Novem­ber 17, 2007, EMe­di­aWire release from the Con­necti­cut Chi­ro­prac­tic Coun­cil and the Inter­na­tional Chi­ro­prac­tors Asso­ci­a­tion (ICA). The release gives some sim­ple hol­i­day advice by say­ing, “With the hol­i­day sea­son upon us and Thanks­giv­ing and other sea­sonal obser­vances under­way, it is impor­tant to your good health to take a few sim­ple steps to reduce the stress and strain of this busy time.”

The arti­cle con­tin­ues to note that hav­ing a lit­tle more patience, along with slow­ing down, and hav­ing more thought­ful hol­i­day plan­ning, will go a long way to reduc­ing the stress of the hol­i­days. The release also cau­tions about overindul­gence at the din­ner table over the hol­i­days and the prob­lems that overeat­ing can cause. Dr. Luigi DiRubba, a local chi­ro­prac­tor and Pres­i­dent of the Con­necti­cut Chi­ro­prac­tic Coun­cil, advises, “A bulging stom­ach can put pres­sure on your body’s sup­port sys­tems, includ­ing your spine and spinal nerves.”

The arti­cle notes that addi­tional weight can force the hip bones and torso to shift thus cre­at­ing abnor­mal changes in spinal bal­ance. This can lead to spinal mis­align­ments, known as “sub­lux­a­tions” which affect the ner­vous sys­tem and cre­ate mal­func­tions else­where in the body. Dr. DiRubba warns, “Every extra pound in the abdom­i­nal region could put 10 pounds more stress on the lower back. Heavy eat­ing dur­ing the hol­i­days may lead to weight gain, and car­ry­ing extra pounds can put added strain on the sup­port­ing struc­tures of the spine and ner­vous system.”

The Inter­na­tional Chi­ro­prac­tors Asso­ci­a­tion (ICA) and the Con­necti­cut Chi­ro­prac­tic Coun­cil have pre­pared a list of health tips to help pro­tect your back and gen­eral health over the hol­i­days. These include:

  • Lift pack­ages cor­rectly, 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.
  • When cook­ing or stand­ing for an extended period, ele­vate one foot with a foot rest or stacked books, about six inches from the floor. Alter­nately ele­vat­ing each foot relieves tired back and leg muscles.
  • Travel stress can be min­i­mized if you start your jour­ney hav­ing got­ten plenty of rest ahead of time, allow plenty of extra time to your des­ti­na­tion, pack light, use well-​balanced wheeled lug­gage when you can and be care­ful to avoid heavy loads on your shoul­ders from bags with shoul­der straps.
  • Place a pil­low or folded towel behind the small of the back when trav­el­ing by car or plane, to help main­tain the arch in your lower back and sup­port the rest of the body prop­erly. This relieves the discs and joint struc­tures of the spine from unnec­es­sary pressure.
  • Get enough rest. Many health prob­lems that occur with the hol­i­days are sim­ply due to fatigue.
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