The Top 6 Ways Physical Therapy Can Help You This Holiday Season
Is discomfort slowing you down and making the holidays less than festive? Physical therapy is here to help you live pain-free so you can enjoy all of the activities that make the season so great. Here are six things physical therapy may help you with this holiday season:
Scooping up the tiny ones into bear hugs, whether it's kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, or other young family members, is a small act that can provide a lot of love during the holidays. Back discomfort affects more than 80% of people at some time in their lives, and it might prevent you from doing something as basic as bending over for a hug. Physical Therapy can help you to decrease your back pain! Get treated and start moving again.
2. Give the Best Presents
Receiving gifts can be enjoyable, but it's not called "the giving season" for nothing. Unfortunately, leg and foot pain can hinder you from going out and finding and giving the ideal gifts this holiday season. Leg and foot discomfort can be caused by plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, muscle soreness, and even spine disorders. Whatever the cause, physical therapists have the knowledge to manage your pain and get you back on your feet. If only they could help you wrap all those presents...
3. Prepare meals for friends and family
Food is one of the warmest ways for many individuals to demonstrate love and thanks over the holidays. It might be tough to prepare and serve meals when you have shoulder, neck, or back discomfort, whether you're going to a potluck, cooking for a holiday event, or helping at a local shelter. If you have been experiencing pain for more than two weeks, you should seek the assistance of a physical therapist in establishing the source of your pain and developing a strategy to help you move and feel better. Remember, most people do not require a doctor's referral to see a physical therapist!
4. Hang Holiday Decorations
If dizziness, vertigo, or other balance issues are preventing you from putting up your holiday decorations this year, keep in mind that physical therapy can help address a wide range of balance and dizziness disorders. These are often caused by vestibular system (inner ear) issues or muscle imbalances. Because the only fall you should experience this holiday season is snowfall, physical therapists can diagnose the source of the problem and assist reduce symptoms through muscle strengthening and other activities.
5. Enjoy the Season
The holidays might be filled with events such as family reunions, church services, and Christmas parties, but nagging pain can prevent you from thoroughly enjoying the season. Rather than disguising pain with drugs that can leave you feeling sleepy and can wear off too soon, physical therapists can discover and address the fundamental cause of the problem so you feel comfortable making plans - and maintaining them.
6. Assist Others
Giving back is the finest way to get into the holiday spirit, but you can't help others if you can't help yourself! Pain can prevent us from doing many things for ourselves, including seeing doctors.
Seeing friends and family go for a walk - but it's especially difficult when it prevents you from assisting others in need. Physical therapists are here to help you, no matter what kind of pain you're in, so you can help others.
If you're in pain or suffering from the effects of a previous injury, physical therapists can identify the source of the problem and design a personalized plan to relieve and prevent pain using manual (hands-on) treatment, specialized exercise stretches, and other proven, effective, modern techniques. Don't let suffering become the new normal, especially over the holidays, when there's so much to look forward to. Give us a call or contact us via our website, and we'll ensure you have the finest holiday season imaginable!
We are ready to support you during your healing journey.