The Black Friday deals are done, Cyber Monday is behind us, and we are beginning to dust off grandmother’s classic cookie recipes to bake as gifts to friends, co-workers and loved ones. Store fronts display quaint Christmas scenes and “White Christmas” is playing everywhere we go. One thing is for sure: it’s officially the holiday season!
It is easy to get whipped up into a holiday frenzy as you chase the cheapest sales and fight the crowds at the most popular stores determined to check everyone off your list. Before you know it, you’re packing your trunk full of holiday gifts and goodies and over the mountain and through the woods you go to visit your family. By the time you leave, you may find yourself exhausted and silently thinking “Thank goodness this is over!” We all know that the holiday season holds much greater value than tasty cookies and chasing discounts, so how do we capture the holiday season for all that it is designed to be? The answer is simple and doesn’t cost a penny: giving your time.
We are surrounded by people and organizations in our communities that are truly in need this holiday season. By donating even just an hour of your time, you can make an incredible, meaningful and direct impact on the life of another person. It doesn’t take much, just a heart that desires to give. Do some research and find a cause that is meaningful to you. Carve out a slice of your personal time to give and you’ll be amazed just how much it really begins to feel like the holiday season.
BUT, the BEST gift of all is referring a friend to our office here at Family First and showing them what a life of full potential can look like when they start getting their adjustments. Do you know someone that has habitual headaches, or is constantly complaining of neck or back pain? Sure, you do! They are the perfect candidate to come see us!
Let this year be the year that you begin to give back to the needy in your community and by showing your friends/family what it’s truly like to live in total health freedom.
The summer months are generally more active for everyone. There are events and day trips, added work around the house, and summer sports activities that require us to be more physically active and can put additional strain on our backs.
We’ve compiled a few tips to ensure you’re aware of situations that could pose a risk for developing back pain so you can enjoy summer to the fullest, pain free!
1. Taking the Family Out for Day Trips
If you’re taking your family out for a fun-filled day to the park, zoo, or amusement park, back pain might be the last thing you’re worried about. However, while carrying extra packs, bending, twisting, or even picking up small children, you’re bound to experience aches and pains. Through all the chaos fo your family day out, it’s important to be aware of the strain you’re putting on your back and take frequent breaks.
2. Enjoying a Day on the Golf Course
If you decided to take a Friday afternoon off to enjoy a day of golf in the sunshine, you’re definitely lucky! Warm up before your game with a few quick stretches and stay hydrated in the warm sun. Be aware throughout the game that you maintain proper posture and take breaks as needed to avoid fatigue or excessive strain.
3. Activities on the Water
A weekend or day on the lake is the perfect way to spend hot summer days. Exhilarating water sports like tubing and wakeboarding are really fun, but can also cause serious back injuries. Before you hit the water, ensure you’re well aware of the risks involved and be safe!
Kelly and Luke Long
Kelly has been coming to our office for 10+ years and is such a faithful patient. She has shared her love of chiropractic with her whole family and we are able to help them stay healthy! We have loved getting to know her on a personal basis and she has become like family!
Luke has been a patient since he was a baby and his first adjustment was a few days after he was born! Kelly knows the importance of bringing her son in for maintenance visits especially when it’s flu/cold season to boost his immune system. He always brings a fun energy to the office and we love seeing him each week!