Media release: Keep the Holidays Fun this Festive Season

Media release time: Fri 31 Jan 2014, 12:00a.m.

There are a few things that you can do to keep the school holidays and festive season fun this year and help you plan your health for the future.

Presentations to hospitals Emergency Departments in Australia can rise as much as 9% over this period (zheng et al, 2007), spokesman for the Tasmanian branch of the Chiropractors Association Australia Dr Ashley Dent has a few recommendations to help you stay healthy and active.

  1. Presentations to hospitals Emergency Departments in Australia can rise as much as 9% over this period1, spokesman for the Tasmanian branch of the Chiropractors Association Australia Dr Ashley Dent has a few recommendations to help you stay healthy and active.

  2. With a wet Tasmanian spring the garden can become a bit unruly, trying to cram two weeks worth of weeding into the two days of good weather is a good way to injure your low back. Tasmanian chiropractors notice an increase in low back injuries at this time of year so do not push yourself too hard, take plenty of breaks and avoid prolonged flexed positions.

  3. Holiday safety: Age restrictions on toys relate to safety rather than the Childs appropriate ability, take care when selecting gifts this Christmas. Trampoline and small wheeled devices cause more injuries at this time of year also so make sure your children are appropriately supervised with these toys until you feel they are competent with them.

  4. As the end of year approaches deadlines loom. Whether you work inside or outdoors, increased mental and physical stress can increase the frequency of stress related issues including tension type and migraine headaches and increase the risk of sprain/strain injuries. Any of these issues could ruin your holiday festivities so plan your work load in advance and recognise signs of stress: fatigue, neck and shoulder tension, headaches, tight jaw muscles and anxiety. Take a mini break; 20 seconds to stand up and have a stretch every thirty minutes can make all the difference. Talk to your chiropractor or health care provider about your ergonomic set up if you have frequent headaches.

  5. Tis the season to go camping: Camping is a popular family activity to remove yourselves from the hustle and bustle of the work/school routine and the reliance on technology and have some intimate family time. Chiropractors often see people with sore backs and necks from a leaky air bed. Try and pitch you tent on as level a ground as possible, check your air mat before you leave and take your own pillows to minimise neck and upper back sprains or wry neck.

It is also bushfire season so take note of fire bans and use gas cookers responsibly. Camp fires should be cleared of combustible material by three metres and if you are unsure if a fire ban is in place you can check the Tasmanian Fire Services’ web site or if in doubt do not light a fire.

So in summary, the holidays are a time for fun with friends and family in moderation, whether it’s food, drink or activities you are not use to. Consult your local chiropractor or health care provider about lifestyle changes you can make to improve your health for the future. To find a chiropractor near you visit the Chiropractors Association of Australia (Tasmania)'s web site.

  1. Zheng, W., Muscatello, D., Chan, C. (2007), Deck the halls with rows of trolleys…Emergency Departments are busiest over the Christmas holiday period. Medical Journal of Australia. 187: 630-633.