Gift Wrapping Doesn’t Have to Be Such A Pain

The twinkly lights are up, the air is cool and if you’re like us, you’re blasting the Christmas music nonstop. Whether you’ve given the postal service team a hefty job each day or decided to #shoplocal for all those gifts, there’s one thing that remains… the gift wrapping.

It’s easy to get wrapped up (see what I did there?:)) in the boxes and festive paper and not even pay attention to what’s happening to your spine in the process for an extended period of time.

Follow these tips for a safe and pain free gift wrapping spree:

  1. Be careful lifting heavy and awkward items- lifting increases the load on your spine and one wrong move can set you up for an not so jolly holiday. Bend with your knees, not with your back and keep the item as close to you as possible. Move your feet instead of twisting your spine and lift slowly with your arms and legs- not your back.

  2. Don’t sit on the floor- sitting on the floor will instinctively make you lean forward and put extra strain on your low back, neck and pelvic muscles. It’s much more beneficial to sit at a table and chair when wrapping presents.

  3. Keep the tape and scissors within arm’s reach- these repetitive motions of picking up and putting down can cause an overstretching of your muscles

  4. Stretch- Did you hear me? Put the scissors down, pull the bow off your head and stretch every 20-30 minutes Pro Tip: Set an alarm on your phone so you don’t lose track of time.

  5. Change positions- Frequently changing positions can help prevent stiffness and muscle fatigue.

Lastly, if you’re one of those people already suffering from pain, it’s for a chiropractic visit. Don’t let back pain, sciatica, neck pain or even headaches interfere with time with your loved ones during this joyful season. It’s been a rough year and you deserve a pain free holiday with your family!

Well that’s a (gift)WRAP! Merry Christmas!

  • Dr. Krista

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