Avoiding Summer Back Pain
By Donna Stark
Now that it is summertime, many of us are spending the weekends catching up on yard work and enjoying our favorite outdoor activities. But if we don't pay attention to our movements or if we end up having just a bit too much fun, back pain can often be a consequence of that work and play. Fortunately, the risk of injury can be reduced by taking the proper safety precautions before and during your physical activity. Take a look at some of the most common ones below.
Yard Work and Gardening
You have to mow, weed, plant, mulch, rake, and water if you want a beautiful yard, but come on ... does the work ever end? Cleaning up your yard and making it look picture-perfect takes more than just time and effort. It can take a toll on your muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints too! Keep your back safe by practicing the following tips.
- Stretch before you start working
- Take frequent breaks
- Ask for help when lifting heavy items
- Invest in power tools for ease and comfort
- Use a wheelbarrow when moving large or heavy loads
- Raise your flower beds or vegetable gardens
Summer isn't summer until you pack everyone into the family car and hit the road, but be careful! Sitting in a car for hours on end can cause back pain and stiffness, and nobody wants to begin their vacation like that! Check out the suggestions below on how you can make your car ride as comfortable as can be.
- Keep your essentials handy and within reach (snacks, tissues, phone chargers, and beverages)
- Adjust all the seats before you get on the road
- Bring cushions that provide lumbar and neck support
- Take plenty of breaks to stretch
- Plan a hotel stay if the drive is too long
Whether you are swinging a golf club, hiking the trails, or paddling down the river, summertime activities can certainly do a number to your back, especially if your form is off. So, before you try to show off to your friends or family, make sure you know what you are doing. Here are some simple recommendations to follow.
- Sign up for lessons with a professional coach or trainer
- Stretch before and after any physical activity
- Use the correct equipment
- Wear the appropriate clothing and footwear
- Know your physical limitations
Avoiding Summer Back Pain
Don't put yourself in a painful predicament! There is too much work to do and fun to be had during the summer months! Make sure you are taking the necessary precautions to keep your back healthy and safe so that you can enjoy everything that summertime has to offer!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Marcos, Calif.