Holidays can be hazardous to your back health. Shopping, standing in lines, traveling, overeating, watching too much television, and the stress that comes with getting out of a normal routine all combine to create a perfect storm for a backache. Stress can often increase the intensity of pain, says Ian Stephens, P.T., a Cleveland Clinic physical therapist. Start planning what you have to get done during the holidays as early as possible. Allot a certain amount of work each day or week leading up to that time of year instead of trying to knock it all out at the last minute.