Preparing for company, standing up to cook for long periods of time and lifting that heavy turkey can wreak havoc on your back. Here are a few tips to keep back pain from putting a damper on your holiday festivities.
- Sit down when chopping and slicing.
- Raise your cutting board. If sitting while chopping isn't an option, consider raising your cutting board so you are not constantly bending over which puts strain on your back.
- When standing at the counter, open a bottom cabinet door and place a foot on the shelf to alleviate pressure on your low back.
- Purchase an anti-fatigue standing mat. These mats have a shock-absorbing inner gel core that dramatically reduces wear on your low back spinal joints.
- Wear shoes that have good arch supports. If you have orthotics, make sure they are in your shoes.
- Use light-weight cooking and serving utensils. Some old-style pots, pans and serving platters are extremely heavy, consider buying and using newer, lighter cookware.
Hope this helps!! Dr Matt Smith Chiropractor