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Top causes of muscle pains and strains during the holiday season

Muscle pains and strains can strike all year round, but no one wants to deal with them during the holiday season. Missing out on all the fun, festive activities due to pain shouldn't be on your Christmas list this year. 

Although every year, we wait eagerly for the holiday season to approach, it is a busy time for all of us. Running errands, buying presents, entertaining friends and family, Christmas decorating - the list is never-ending but still, we are all happily exhausted this time of year. 

As you’re getting into the swing of things, remember that minor muscle sprains and pains are an easy way to ruin your day. And they’re more frequent than you may think. 

To help you make the most of your holiday season, we have compiled a list of some of the most common causes of muscle pain and how to avoid them!

couple dancing holiday season

Lifting heavy boxes 

Does anyone else stack their holiday decorations in the most unconventional spaces? Unsurprisingly, it’s common for sprains to occur when we’re reaching for these boxes and picking them up incorrectly. We’ve all heard it before: ‘lift from the knees, not from your back’. 

Using the correct posture is crucial to prevent sprains in your lower back, especially when heavy lifting. It’s something we may not always remember, but it’ll save your back muscles. This year, when packing up, try separating your decorations across smaller, lighter boxes to avoid any strains next year. For those aches and pains you just can’t avoid, try Pain Relief Naproxen Liquid Capsules from the makers of Deep Heat. One soft-gel liquid capsule provides up to 12 hours of pain relief so you can enjoy your Christmas decorating to the max!  

Ladders, ladders & more ladders 

Whether it’s reaching for the top of your tree, or searching for that set of wine glasses - there’s always a reason to get on top of the ladder. Ladders can be pretty dangerous, with over 1,600 people aged over 65 hospitalised from ladder-related injuries each year in Australia. Falls are the most common injury from ladders, and depending on the height, these injuries can be severe. Like picking up a heavy box, straining to reach something while on a ladder can also affect your lower back muscles. Make sure you practice safe postures and ensure your ladder is set up on a flat, stable surface. 

Accident-prone presents 

Let’s be honest; if we receive the present we were hoping for, there is an urge to use it almost immediately. This won’t necessarily be a big deal for those who receive books, clothes, or wine. But for those who get a bike, trampoline or a skateboard, the chances of a present-related injury are quite likely. To keep yourself and your loved ones protected this year, maybe throw some knee pads or a helmet under the tree too.  

Never let the party stop 

With a major relaxation of restrictions all across Australia, it’s hard to resist entertaining on the weekends with friends and family. When those Christmas tunes begin, you find yourself dancing the evening away. All seems fine until the next morning when you wake up to sore, cramped and fatigued muscles, that remind you just how much fun you had the night before. The festive season is an exciting time for many, so don’t let these little accidents stop you from having fun. For fast and long-lasting pain relief, try Naproxen. Pain Relief Naproxen Liquid Capsules provide convenient, fast-acting relief for up to 12 hours against inflammation, muscle pain, back pain and headaches.  

Keep a pack handy during the holiday season so you can break through the pain and get back to enjoying the festivities! Available at Chemist Warehouse and other leading pharmacies.  

 

THIS MEDICINE MAY NOT BE RIGHT FOR YOU. READ THE LABEL BEFORE PURCHASE. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS FOR USE. IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST, TALK TO YOUR HEALTH PROFESSIONAL. INCORRECT USE COULD BE HARMFUL. 

 

References: 
https://www.ama.com.au/media/christmas-tis-season-increased-injuries 
https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/announcements/ladder-falls-can-kill-or-cause-life-long-injuries  
https://www.nib.com.au/the-checkup/most-common-holiday-accidents