SOURCE: Absolute Chiropractic & Wellness Center

November 06, 2011 09:00 ET

Herndon Chiropractor Celebrates Anniversary With Wellness Tips

HERNDON, VA--(Marketwire - Nov 6, 2011) - Dr. Lisa Walmsley of the Absolute Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Herndon will celebrate the practice's 17th anniversary with a unique twist. Instead of getting gifts, the chiropractor is giving gifts in the form of free health tips to help people avoid back injuries and deal with seasonal holiday stress. The idea came to the Herndon chiropractor as a result of her "whole body" philosophy that doesn't just treat pain symptoms, but looks for underlying causes and makes lifestyle changes to prevent injury and maintain health.

Commenting on the celebration, Dr. Walmsley said, "Our anniversary is November 18th, but we couldn't have made it this far without the support of our patients here, in Reston, and in other communities. As a chiropractor, I know there isn't a better way to show our appreciation than to help everyone have a happy and healthy holiday season."

One tip provided by the Herndon chiropractic care provider to avoid back injury is to warm up before raking leaves and to keep stretching while doing it. According to Dr. Walmsley, the twisting, turning, bending, and reaching involved can cause injury to the spine and neck so it's best to use a "scissors" stance where one foot is forward and the other is back and reverse the foot placement every few minutes. The chiropractor advises people to keep the head up and stand as straight as possible. She further advised that raking in small piles works better, that rakers should not overfill the bags, and should bend at the knees when lifting.

According to Dr. Walmsley, tips for shoveling snow are similar. She instructs that when shoveling, people should choose a proper shovel, warm up, and use proper technique. "When shoveling, have your feet spaced shoulder-width apart and keep your hands spaced apart for leverage. Keep your head down, bend at the knees, tighten your abdominal muscles when lifting, and keep the loads close to your body," said the chiropractor.

The doctor also advises patients to exercise caution when hanging holiday lights. "I tell my patients to always choose a sturdy ladder and place it on a level surface. The bottom of the ladder should be one foot away from the building for every four feet of length. Wear work shoes and keep the laces tied so you don't trip. Don't attempt to carry too much up the ladder at one time and don't overextend your reach," instructed Dr. Walmsley.

Although it's great to see family during the holidays many people, especially grandparents, can suffer back injury when picking up children improperly, said the chiropractor. She advises her patients that are grandparents to bend at the knees, lift with the legs, lift slowly and don't lift higher than the shoulders.

The final tip from the Herndon chiropractor is to avoid overeating during the holidays. Extra weight is extra stress on the back and is a source of pain, according to Dr. Walmsley. The doctor advises patients to eat sensibly throughout the year so they'll be able to enjoy the holidays and more.

Further information on the practice or other holiday tips may be obtained on the website at

Contact Information

  • Absolute Chiropractic and Wellness Center
    Herndon, VA