As the winter nights start to draw in, it’s getting to that time of the year where we all spend an extortionate amount to congregate in a cold, wet field to gaze in awe as the sky is lit up in a multitude of colours. That’s right, firework season is upon us! I always dread the idea of spending an evening feeling like your nose and ears could fall off when I could be cosy at home, but the whole thing never fails to put a smile on my face as I eagerly coo at the fireworks like I’m still 5 years old. As I am now a somewhat responsible adult, here are my top tips for making sure you look after yourself this bonfire night:
- Try not to have your head tilted back towards the sky for too long! It will probably start to feel a little stiff and may prompt an earlier visit to see one of our chiropractors. To combat this, regularly stretch your neck, or stand closer to the back so you don’t have to tilt your head as far.
- If you’re carrying little ones on your shoulders, ensure you only do so for as long as you feel comfortable. This again can contribute to neck pain and stiffness so try not to push your limit.
- The likelihood of the ground being slippery and muddy at this time if year is high, so make sure your wearing shoes with enough grip and ankle support to reduce your chances of falling. If you’re anything like me and you do fall anyway, try not to grab onto too many people around you and cause a human pile up! I always walk with my hands out of my pockets so that I am able to catch and support myself if needed!
- Wrap up warm, my mother always tells me it’s easier to take layers off instead of dreaming of that scarf and hat you left at home. If we become too cold, we tend to curl in on ourselves, lift our shoulders and tense our muscles, which can leave us feeling quite stiff.
- At the end of the evening, make sure you stretch that neck out! As most people that have met me will know, I’m a big fan of neck stretches, particularly taking your ear to your shoulder and holding, and taking your chin to your chest and holding.
So there are my tips for making sure you have an enjoyable and pain free bonfire night. I hope you enjoy it!
Jess Davy, Chiropractor
(Photos courtesy of my very talented brother, who made me stand in the cold for an eternity last year while he took these fab shots!)