A Trip to the Zoo Without Pain Is Possible

By Virginia Laird

Spring is always a great time to head out and enjoy the zoo. While you are there, you may be one of the many who suffers with back pain. If this describes you, there is no need to believe that you are alone in this suffering. Many parents admit to struggling with this very issue. Chiropractors insist there are a few things you can do to help reduce your back pain and make a trip to the zoo -- or any place where there is a lot of walking involved -- a more pleasant experience. These tips include:

  • Wear comfy shoes to the zoo
  • Allow time for breaks while at the zoo
  • Pack light for your trip to the zoo

Wear Comfy Shoes to the Zoo

A trip to the zoo with your family can make for a wonderful and relaxed day. However, if you find yourself dressed the wrong way, it can be a day with much pain. While you may want to look your best and wear some fashionable shoes, these maybe the wrong choice for this trip. Chiropractors suggest that any time you plan to spend a lot of time on your feet, you should plan to wear comfy shoes. Chiropractors admit that the best shoes to wear to the zoo are a pair of tennis shoes. This can help manage and prevent back pain from interrupting your day of fun.

Allow Time for Breaks While at the Zoo

As you may already be aware, time spent at the zoo means time spent on your feet. While this can seem impossibly painful for those who suffer with back pain, chiropractors insist that it does not have to be. It is suggested that you allow for plenty of breaks while visiting the zoo. Throughout the zoo you will see benches. Chiropractors advise it is best to take advantage of these resting places. Take time to get off of your feet, rest, and take in the beauty of what is around. This can help you give your back a break and release some of the tension which can build by being on your feet for  long period of time.

Pack Light for Your Trip to the Zoo

Because you know there are things you will need to carry along for this day of fun at the zoo, chiropractors encourage you to keep your load light, packing only the necessities. Research suggests that packing too much can lead to back pain, which can bring your trip to a screeching halt before you are ready to go. With that in mind, you should also plan to pack in a bag which will not tug at the spine. This is generally a bag that can be carried across the body or a backpack.

For those who suffer with back pain on a regular basis, rather than throwing in the towel on a trip to the zoo, drop by The Joint Chiropractic for a quick adjustment. With more than 450 locations nationwide you are sure to find one near you. And with no appointment necessary, getting seen can be as simple as stopping in on your way to the zoo.

With these tips on your side you are now ready to head to the zoo and enjoy the trip sans back pain.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Peoria, Ariz. 

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