Four Corners Health & Rehabilitation - December 2018

UGL Y SWEAT E R PAR T I E S

A Fun Trend You Can Easily Follow!

What Exactly Is an Ugly Sweater Party?

It’s speculated that the first ugly sweater party took place in Vancouver, Canada, back in 2001. Since then, the trend has become one of the most popular holiday party themes. Come Thanksgiving, you’ll start to see racks in all types of clothing stores lined with hideous sweaters. If you’re ready to jump on the ugly-sweater-party bandwagon this Christmas season, here are a few things to keep in mind. Ugly sweaters come in all shapes, sizes, and prices. You can head to H&M or a local thrift store to pick one up. However, if you have a sweater that’s been cozied up for years in the back of your closet or a drawer, now’s your chance to give it new life. Arm yourself with a hot glue gun, thread, and needle, and patch Santa, Rudolph, or Frosty on it. And let it be known that an ugly sweater isn’t complete without sparkles, beads, and sequins galore. Your Very Own Ugly Sweater

It’s rather simple — slip on your favorite Christmas sweater, gather all your friends and family members, make sure there are plenty of refreshments and games, and you’re guaranteed to have a top-tier party. A few ugly-sweater-themed games that should be on the agenda include an ugly gift exchange, which is similar to the white elephant exchange, except with the gaudiest gifts you can find; an ugly photo booth, complete with terrible, tacky props; and, of course, an ugly sweater contest. This is the only time of year when slipping into a lurid red sweater with a stuffed Santa sewn on the front is considered trendy. So adorn yourself in the frumpiest, tackiest sweater you can find, and have some fun this December!

WHY YOU SHOULDN’T LIVE WITH BACK PAIN We’ve Got Your Back

back pain, you could be avoiding something more serious. If you experience tingly limbs, troubles going to the bathroom, inability to sit or lie down, sickness, or prolonged pain, your back could be screaming at you about a problem more severe. Don’t believe us? Consider the story of Samantha Mixon, a single mother from Georgia, whose back pain and frequent headaches wound up being a tumor from stage 4 lung cancer. No, you shouldn’t have to avoid large festivals because of the pain you feel from walking. It’s not normal to contort your body to feel some relief. Pain isn’t an inevitable fact of aging. Your back pain can cause you to sacrifice time with your family, avoid a proper sleep schedule, and can hinder the activities you enjoy most. Pain is a common side effect of active lifestyles, accidents, and IT’S COMMON BUT NOT NORMAL

faulty movements, but it’s not normal to just live with it. Physical therapy and proper treatment can help break these habits.

LEAD BY EXAMPLE

Put your pain in perspective: Would you want your child walking around with consistent pain and not do anything about it? Of course not, so neither should you. By not seeking treatment for your back pain, your children will learn that back pain is part of aging and there’s no treatment for it. What they’re going to remember most is what you did — or didn’t do — not what you said. Don’t suffer through back pain any longer. Call Four Corners Health and Rehabilitation at 352-243-4422 or visit FourCornersRehab.com to learn how we can help you find relief.

Do these scenarios sound familiar? You memorize all the seating options available in every room. You toss and turn all night and have little energy the next day. Your ice pack and heating pad are on a constant rotation. If this is relatable, you may have chronic back pain. And as the following information shows, you could be causing more harm than relief by not seeking treatment.

LISTEN INSTEAD OF REACT

Your back is the way other parts of your body remain connected. So if you ignore

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