Take Protective Steps Now to Avoid Holiday Back Pain

Instead of waiting for your back to present you with an unwanted holiday surprise, follow this plan to survive the holidays pain-free.

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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.
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