According to the National Christmas Tree Association, over 56 million trees (real and fake combined) were purchased in 2018 in the United States. With so many families partaking in the holiday tradition of decorating the tree, many don’t realize how much pain it can cause if done wrong. Here are 4 tips to follow when decorating your Christmas Tree:
Whether you’re grabbing your fake tree out of storage, or heading out into the cold to pick up a fresh one, trees are heavy and awkward to handle. When you’re trying to transport your tree, it is best to have someone helping you. In the same regard, setting up the tree is best done with two or more people. By having help, you don’t put your back in jeopardy of overloading or tweaking muscles.
When it’s time to bring boxes of decorations and ornaments out of storage, make sure proper technique is used to bend, lift, and twist. Flexing your spine while bending or carrying something increases your risk of injury.
By having your ornaments laid out on a table, you will avoid continuously bending over into boxes and overworking your back. When a back is overworked, you are at a higher risk of degeneration and inflammation.
Instead of trying to reach up high to complete the upper half of the tree, or when adding a star to the very top, use a ladder or stepladder. This will prevent overextending or stretching muscles in ways they weren’t meant to be stretched. Make sure you use a stable ladder and always have someone at the base spotting you.
Following these four tips will help to keep your family tradition pain free. If you do start to feel any pain, make sure to take a break and come back to decorating later. By doing this, your risk of injury from overuse decreases. If you do happen to injure your back or neck while decorating, our spine specialists at Virginia Spine Institute are here to help you with the most comprehensive care possible.