Avoid Morning-After the Party Back Pain
with this Important Tip
Christmas Holiday celebrations are magical! What a way to connect with friends by sharing fun, food and wine! Do you have your New Years plans in place?
If you're anything like my family, the date is circled, plans are in place and maybe you've laid out your New Year's duds.
So, you know where you're going, what you're wearing and how you're getting home from the party! Have you given any thought to the morning after?
How will you feel after the extra glass of wine? What about your feet? How will they feel after you've danced in the New Year?
I'm not attempting to rub the glow off your exciting plans here; I'm trying to inspire you to celebrate unabashedly and still feel great in the morning... and the week after.
Why? Well let me share with you a story about one of our patients... Anne.
Anne is in her early 40's. She came to the clinic recently after an early Christmas party where she had a blast. However, two days after, her back was not so happy.
Anne has a busy job and she is on her feet all day. For convenience, she wears comfortable sneakers at work. That is significant because...
On the night of the staff party, Anne wore the beautiful, brand-new, high-heeled shoes that matched her dress perfectly. Her outfit was exquisite! The next few days after the party were different...unhappy feet, and debilitating low-back pain.
We all know what it's like when we're having a great time! Who notices that your feet hurt? The morning-after pain in the feet and back makes a strong point! Anne woke up in agony. Getting out of bed was painful and she missed a day or two of work.
Did you know that wearing high heels for hours increases the pressure on your back about 25 times? Heels change the way you walk and can throw off your posture, leading to back pain and other problems.
While it is tempting to wear those pretty heels for a special occasion, there are at least three reasons to give those shoes a pass: 1. You know that you will be on your feet most of the time. 2. You aren't used to wearing heels. 3. The shoes are brand new.
A special occasion like New Year's Eve is not the time to break in a new pair of heels. If you must wear those shoes, bring a small pair of slip-on slipper-like shoes you can tuck in your purse or shoe-bag. Do you really want to deal with back pain for days or weeks after the party? We know the shoes complete the outfit; but is the resulting pain worth it?
If despite your best intentions, you overdo it, here are some tips to help. Drink plenty of water. Water helps lubricate your tissues. You need to restore the fluids in your body.
In the morning, a hot shower or a bath with Epsom salts (soak 20 minutes and rinse off) as soon as you wake up will help. The heat will help relax your muscles and that lessens your tension and pain.
If you're suffering with back pain or foot pain, remember the Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevate protocol. If the pain persists, seek professional help.
Our skilled ALH physiotherapists have a wealth of experience and can help you get back on your feet ready to welcome the New Year's activities in style. Contact us here: Schedule
If you want to learn more about the common causes of back pain, check our recent blogs here:
Have fun! Party safely! See you in the New Year!