Holiday decorating injuries have been on the rise over the last decade. In 2008, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimated that there were about 12,000 holiday-decorating industries that resulted in emergency room visits in November and December. This year, the CPSC released a report estimating that the same figure for November and December of 2016 was about 14,700 ER-treated visits related to holiday decorating. That’s an average of about 240 injuries per day.
According to the CPCS, the most common injuries were falls, which accounted for 41 percent of ER-treated injuries in 2016, followed by lacerations (10 percent) and back strains (5 percent). Burns were also relatively common, although they did not always require emergency treatment.
If you are one of the many who are unlucky enough to end up with a decorating injury this season, don’t despair! — The injury doesn’t have to ruin your holiday season. There are a variety of alternative health strategies that can help you reduce pain and come back strong in the aftermath of an unexpected holiday injury. Read on to learn more about a few of them.
Chiropractic Care to Get Your Body Back in Alignment
When you take a hard fall while decorating for the holidays, a bruise (or a bruised ego) is not the only thing you have to worry about. As you fall to the ground, it is not uncommon for your spine to get out of alignment. This may be especially true for holiday decorating injuries, when you might have your arm caught by a tree branch or trip over holiday lights as you go down. If you fail to address the misalignment, you may be in for back, shoulder, and neck pain for the rest of the holiday season and into the new year. However, a quick adjustment by the chiropractor can help you feel better in no time. A chiropractic adjustment is also a great option for kids who take hard falls when they are just trying to help spread the holiday cheer.
Massage to Relieve Pain from Back Strains and Chronic Pain
When it comes to holiday decorating, lifting heavy objects and hauling them around your home or yard is practically unavoidable. Not only can this cause acute injuries like back strains, but it can also cause flare-ups for sufferers of chronic back pain. If putting up the tree in your house or the inflatable snowman on your lawn is causing your back to ache, you may want to consider getting a massage.
For holiday decorating injuries that affect your back, two types of massage tend to be especially helpful: neuromuscular massage therapy (NMT) and deep tissue massage. Neuromuscular massage therapy is a highly specialized modality that promotes tissue relaxation, restores flexibility, and rebuilds strength after injuries, including back strains. Alternatively, you can also choose deep tissue massage, which can promote healing through blood flow and address any lingering, chronic pain that may hang around for weeks after you strain your back.
If you suffered from a more serious injury this season, massage can also help you recover from surgery. Massage addresses the pain and swelling associated with surgery. As a result, you may not have to take as many anti-inflammatories to get you through the holiday season. And that’s great news if NSAIDs cause you GI stress, which can keep you from enjoying your favorite holiday treats.
Nutritional Strategies to Promote Wound Healing
Lacerations from broken holiday ornaments and burns from holiday cookie-baking are common causes of wounds during the holiday season. You don’t want to end up with a slow-healing wound that lasts through the winter and into the summer or ends up getting infected. Here are a few nutritional supplements that can support fast, efficient recovery from wounds:
- Vitamin D. Vitamin D plays a key role in the synthesis of new skin cells, so deficiency can prevent proper wound healing. Unfortunately, it’s a lot harder to get enough vitamin D during the dark days of winter, so a nutritional supplement is a great option.
- Curcumin. Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric, and it is known to have a wide range of health-promoting properties, including wound healing properties. Although it has been used in medicine for thousands of years, recent studies on curcumin’s role in wound healing show that it can promote tissue formation, tissue remodeling, and wound contraction.
- Iron. Iron-deficiency anemia can interfere with proper wound healing by limiting the amount of oxygen that reaches the wound. Therefore, if your iron is low, you may want to consider an iron supplement to aid in the wound-healing process.
Holiday decorating injuries can be a bummer, but Atlanta Chiropractic and Wellness can help you get through it so that you can start 2018 off right. Contact us today to learn more about our services!