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tc-news main dec13Stay Healthy During The Festive Season

It's that time of year again. It's not called the silly season for no reason. Partying, drinking, indulging, overeating and running around like a headless chicken from event-to-event and shop-to-shop, it's no wonder many of us feel tired, rundown, overweight and stressed as the new year comes around.

1. Travelling on the Holidays
Have niggling back and neck pain checked out before you leave to go on holidays. Long drives will always highlight any spinal problem. Safe, hands on treatment to restore joint and muscle flexibility as well as an exercise program are mainstays of chiropractic treatment for spinal pain.

2. Reaching and Bending for Christmas Presents
When reaching for something above shoulder level, for example when placing the Angel on the top of the Christmas tree, stand on a stool. Straining to reach such objects may not only hurt your mid-back and neck, but it can also bring on shoulder problems. Do NOT bend over at the waist to pick up gifts from the floor or a table. Instead, kneel down on one knee, as close as possible to the item you are lifting, with the other foot flat on the floor and pick the item up. Or bend at the knees, keep the present close to your body, and lift with your legs, not your back.

3. Exercise
Remember to keep up with your exercise routine. Just because you were out and about the night before is no excuse to sleep in and forego your workout. Staying active will help you feel better.

4. Relaxation
As much as Christmas is a lovely time to catch up with all your friends and family, remember to take some time out for YOU.

5. Nutrition
Remember to make healthy choices this Christmas. It's easy to get carried away with all the puddings and chocolates and shortbread and party food, but before over-indulging remember how it's going to make you feel the next day. Remember to eat plenty of If you do like enjoying Christmas treats, limit your portion size.

6. Water
Drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated. If you do drink alcohol, remember to alternate every alcoholic drink with a glass of water and please don't drink on an empty stomach.

7. Sleep
Get plenty of rest and aim for 7-8 hours of sleep every night. It's not going to make or break your life if you don't go to EVERY party. Never sleep in a position that causes a portion of your spine to hurt. Most often, your body will tell you what position is best.

USE IT OR LOSE IT by December 31st!

Did you know that you lose private health fund benefits each year? Most of our patients are unaware of this, so we thought we should let you know.

NOW is the time to use your entitlement before it's lost forever for treatment in our practice! Choose to use your health fund entitlement today.

Most health funds allow extras claims only for the duration of 12 months, usually from January till December. Unused claims generally DO NOT carry over to the next year or, so this means...

IF YOU DO NOT USE IT...YOU LOSE IT!

With HiCaps® instant rebates on the spot, you can use your health fund benefit to achieve a pain free life, get a check up, recover from injury, get back into your rehab classes, and simply be as healthy as you can be!

The CHOICE is yours but as I have mentioned earlier - you must USE IT or you will LOSE IT by 31st December!

Don't miss out on the rebate you pay for! Call our practice today to schedule an appointment and take advantage of the funds still available to you before they run out. Call now!

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