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The staff at Advantage Physical Therapy would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!!

This time of year can be very stressful and painful for everyone.  There are two big events happening this week.  Thanksgiving on Thursday, and Black Friday on Friday.

Let’s start with some tips for making it through Thanksgiving:

1.  When you are in the kitchen, try to use good form when working:

  • Stand upright when chopping and/or carving
  • Use your legs when getting into and out of the oven or refrigerator
  • Take breaks if you feel pain

2. When it’s meal time:

  • Pace your eating, you don’t have to eat everything.  Try to enjoy some conversation
  • Try and use good posture when sitting
  • Stand up and move around every 20-30 minutes (you can refill your drink, check on the football games, etc.)

On Black Friday, the malls will be a mad dash.  I can’t believe that some of the stores are even opening up at midnight Thursday night (or Friday morning)!!!  Here are a few tips to stay safe while doing your holiday shopping:

1.  Try to limit your load:

  • Carrying heavy items can cause you to move with poor spinal control and positioning
  • It’s okay to make several trips to the car (this might even burn off some Thanksgiving dinner calories

2.  If you can’t limit your load (i.e. heavy items like TVs and computers):

  • Try and get a store employee to help you
  • If that isn’t possible try to limit the distance you have to carry the item
  • Carry the item as close to midline as possible (keep it close to your belly button

On the lighter side:

Everyone has different traditions for Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving Day, my family goes to my aunt and uncle’s home for a late lunch/early dinner.  We all watch some football on TV, catch up with the cousins, and for the last 7 years we have been adding some children to the mix.  It is always nice to see family.  But we can’t forget eating some turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie.

Since high school, I have played football on the Friday after Thanksgiving.  The game changes every year.  It used to be a bunch of us around the same age, but that crowd has quieted down and now we challenge some of the college aged kids to some flag football.

Go ahead and leave a comment of some of your favorite traditions for the holidays.

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