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Staying Merry and Mobile: A Physiotherapist’s Guide to a Healthy Christmas

Blogs, / By Shi Qi Yap

Tis the season to be jolly, but for many, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season can take a toll on our bodies. From decorating the tree to wrapping presents, the physical demands of Christmas can lead to aches and pains. However, fear not! This Christmas, let’s focus on keeping our bodies merry and mobile with some physiotherapy tips.

Physiotherapy Tips to a Healthy Christmas

  • Prep Your Body for the Festivities: Before diving into the holiday tasks, take a few moments to warm up your muscles. Gentle stretches can help prevent injuries while getting your body ready for the physical demands of decorating, cooking, and other festive activities.
  • Ergonomic Decorating: As you deck the halls, pay attention to your body mechanics. Use a sturdy ladder or step stool to avoid overreaching while decorating. Keep the items you need within arm’s reach to minimize unnecessary bending and twisting.
  • Gift-Wrapping Without the Wrack: Gift-wrapping can be a real workout for your hands and back. Sit at a table with good posture, and take breaks to stretch your fingers and wrists. Use a tape dispenser with an easy grip to reduce strain on your hands.
  • Stay Hydrated and Take Breaks: Whether you’re cooking up a storm or hosting a festive gathering, remember to stay hydrated. Take breaks to rest your feet and stretch your muscles. This not only helps prevent fatigue but also reduces the risk of overuse injuries.
  • Mindful Movement: Incorporate mindful movement into your holiday routine. Whether it’s a short walk in the crisp winter air or a gentle yoga session, staying active can help alleviate stress and keep your body in good shape.
  • Posture Perfect Dining: Enjoying a delicious Christmas feast doesn’t have to wreak havoc on your back. Sit up straight at the dining table, and use cushions or lumbar rolls for added support. Take breaks between courses to stretch and walk around.
  • Recover with Rest: With all the excitement, it’s essential to prioritize rest. Ensure you get enough sleep to allow your body to recover from the day’s activities. Quality sleep is crucial for overall well-being and helps your body heal and rejuvenate.
  • Ice and Heat Therapy: If you do find yourself with sore muscles, don’t hesitate to use ice or heat therapy. Applying an ice pack can reduce inflammation, while a warm compress can soothe tense muscles. Consult with your physiotherapist for personalized advice.
  • Mind-Body Connection: Lastly, remember the importance of the mind-body connection. Practice relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing or meditation, to manage holiday stress. A calm mind can positively influence your physical well-being.

Conclusion:

This Christmas, prioritize your health and well-being while celebrating the joy of the season. By incorporating these physiotherapy tips into your holiday routine, you can keep your body merry, mobile, and ready to embrace all the festive cheer. Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season!

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Yap Shi Qi
Rehab Therapist

Shi Qi graduated with Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons), awarded by Anglia Ruskin University, UK. Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP®). She practiced as a physiotherapist in a Malaysian private physiotherapy center with a special interest in musculoskeletal and neurological rehabilitation. Her previous experience inspired her to combine active approach along with patients’ education to optimize the rehabilitation outcome in sports-related injuries and postural pain.

In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, singing, and playing piano.