Unfortunately, pain and injuries don’t take a break over Christmas. So the advice from Pondera’s Senior Physiotherapist and Practice Director David Peirce is to ensure that over the holidays we all keep up some regular exercise, even if it’s just a few stretches or a daily walk to keep the ailments at bay.
David also said that the holiday season also produced unique injuries not seen at any other time of the year.
“Every year at Pondera we see those backyard cricket injuries and sore muscles from putting together the new bike, trampoline or just from chasing the kids at the beach,” he said.
“Often it’s fathers who are coming into the clinic for help at this time of year.
“This could be due to anything from falling off ladders trying to put up or take down Christmas lights, trying to show kids how to use new toys or simply hurting their backs playing cricket on Christmas Day.
“People are taking it easy and are relaxed at this time of the year and so may try things they normally wouldn’t be doing. It can make Christmas a painful experience not a joyful one.
What should you do?
There are some simple things you can do to avoid these strains and sprains. The human body doesn’t like sudden changes in load, especially overload, so warm-ups and stretches before trying that first fast bowl of the season is important.
You should also ensure protective gear is worn if biking or skateboarding and if you haven’t been active this year, then perhaps ease into 2018 rather than starting it out with a 10km run or boot camp.
“We see an enormous amount of people in the third and fourth weeks of the New Year, after they have gone all out from the start of the year, the body doesn’t like being smashed”.
“It’s not a safe way to start your New Year program. Start slow and get good advice and graduate yourself into an exercise routine,” he said.
If you do find yourself needing a Physiotherapist over the Christmas break, Pondera is open as normal, closed only the public holiday days. There may be some reduced studio hours depending on demand, so keep an eye out on our Facebook page, and make sure you like us on Facebook if you haven’t already!