Ensure proper planning this festive season to prevent injury

Back in business: Chiropractor Bethany Higgins returns to Victoria Point Chiropractic from maternity leave on Monday, January 6 2020.

Back in business: Chiropractor Bethany Higgins returns to Victoria Point Chiropractic from maternity leave on Monday, January 6 2020.

As the festive season kicks off, our mind reflects on the year's good times, achievements, disappointments, forgotten goals and of course, the unfinished tasks.

Do It Yourself (DIY) home renovations have become increasingly popular but require many individuals to engage in physical activities that are often a far cry from their ordinary daily duties.

Holiday periods presenting a window of opportunity for time poor homeowners to suddenly get on the tools is often miserably interrupted by either a new injury or aggravation of a preexisting condition.

When our body is not used to performing an activity, muscles and joints can become sore and even injured if they are suddenly required to do so, especially when the activity is repetitive like painting or scrubbing.

Often joint motion, dysfunction and muscle imbalances exist within our spine without us being aware.

Due to postural strain, past trauma, wear and tear and a lack of conditioning, our spine may not always adapt to external stressors, leading to injury, inflammation, muscle spasm and pain.

To minimize injury, ensure proper planning - no rushing, use of the correct tools, and ensure appropriate help can be sourced if needed.

Also set a time limit to allow for recovery and to minimise overuse.

If you experience an injury or you feel you are not functioning optimally, contact Victoria Point Chiropractic ph 3207 9000 or visit: sechiropractic.com.au.

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