December 2019: On the Treatment Table

January 02 2020

Be prepared with some Christmas Elf and Safety

IT'S that festive time of year again -  when we set up the decorations both inside and out, wrap those presents, then have fun and eat, drink and be merry!  But beware: while Christmas is an opportunity for us all to relax and spend quality time with family and friends, it’s also (bah humbug) a time when injuries can occur. Over the years I have treated a number of patients who have injured their backs while wrapping Christmas presents; often they were sitting on the floor for a few hours bending and twisting. With a bit of care we can avoid spending Christmas in pain – a great idea is using your ironing board as  wrapping table to reduce all of that risky bending over!

Christmas brings a variety of unique seasonal injuries. Accidents often occur inside our homes, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) estimated that in the UK every year up to 1000 people are injured by their Christmas trees, often fixing decorations while balancing at the top of ladder, and a further 350 people are injured by their Christmas lights. 

In Canada the average time spent in hospital after these types of incident was 15 days, there was even a 5 per cent mortality rate too. Perhaps they have bigger trees than ours, but it put these accidents in perspective!  Outside our homes, the season brings the potential of snow and ice, or at the very least wind and rain. This inevitably leads to increased risk of slips and falls.  It’s not surprising that car accidents increase in the autumn and winter in the UK, overall increasing by 14 per cent, with a 36 per cent increase in between 5pm and 8pm in the winter, in other words during the dark winter school run and rush hour. 

So, the message here is to take care and reduce the risks. Beware overreaching when decorating, especially when using ladders or steps. Watch your footing whether inside or out; good footwear is a wise investment. 

Finally, while many of us might enjoy a festive drink or two, it can be fun but I don’t need to remind you that it can affect your judgement and balance. 

I hope this hasn’t taken too much fun out of your Christmas and you all have a great (safe) festive holiday with your loved ones.  So, here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all the team at Action Potential at Kingswood Health Centre (and now also at Hengrove Park Leisure Centre).

If you need any further advice on or treatment then the team at Action Potential will be happy to help, even over the festive period!  You can call us on 0117 961 2060, find us on Facebook or email enquiries@actionpotential.org.uk to book. 

We provide a chiropractic, physiotherapy, sports massage and podiatry treatments and Pilates at Kingswood Health Centre.