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Christmas turkeys are a pain in the back, literally
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London, Dec 27 : The much-celebrated Christmas turkey can really be a pain in the neck, say experts, claiming that placing the festive bird in the oven while cooking can lead to a condition dubbed "turkey back".
The British College of Osteopathic Medicine claims that failing to bend the knees properly when lowering the turkey to oven height could pull muscles in the back and lead to strained ligaments.
The BCOM has reported more back injuries after Christmas than at any other time.
"Turkey back", is due to poor technique in the kitchen and also carrying too many heavy shopping bags, it says.
"When you're lifting the turkey out of the oven, bend your knees and keep your back straight. Don't stoop or twist and you'll avoid unnecessary pulled muscles," the Daily Express quoted Dr Ian Drysdale, BCOM principal, as saying.
"When it comes to the shopping sprees, make sure you avoid carrying all your bags in one hand - try and distribute the weight as evenly as you can," he added.