Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year. It combines two of my favorite things…Food and family. The smells of food bring back so many memories, especially of a time when there was no calorie limit on how much to eat. I love to be around all of the conversation and laughter.
It is a wonderful time to express gratitude and at least in part, feel like heaven is a little closer.
So what does a physical therapist do when he is around friends and family?
He watches them.
Not in a creepy way. In a way just to observe. Watch how people move. Postures they are in.
I tend to notice that people prepare food the same way they look at their phone or tablet.
And having your head and neck in this position is the number one thing that people do to themselves that leads to headaches.
Usually for short periods this isn’t an issue. Yet on Thanksgiving week…There is A LOT of this.
And the likelihood that you’ll take some medicine to help with your ‘headache” on Wednesday through Friday is up TREMENDOUSLY.
(Which takes a toll on your black friday shopping enjoyment, either online or in the store).
So if you want a “Headache Free” Holiday, follow this simple advice:
- Take a 3 minute break from cooking every 15-20 mins. Stand up tall. Squeeze your shoulder blades together 15 times.
- Tilt your ear to your shoulder to feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds then switch sides.
- Drink Plenty of Water. When cooking and baking, it’s easy to forget to stay hydrated. Dehydration will also cause an annoying headache that is COMPLETELY avoidable.
So that’s it! 3 simple tips to a “Headache Free” Holiday.
If you want more of these kind of tips, download my FREE report on 7 Natural Ways Stop Neck Pain and Headaches
Happy Thanksgiving from Austin at Fenix Physical Therapy