Summer Fun and Back Pain: 3 Ways to Ease the Pain
By Virginia Laird
As summer quickly approaches, you are bound to begin planning your day trips and adventures with your friends and family. With the wide variety of things you can do, you just may be able to fill your summer agenda with outings. Still, there are some who may struggle to keep back pain at bay as you hike, bike, boat, and much more. Chiropractors encourage those who are planning to make the most of their summer to begin now taking the steps necessary to prevent and manage pain. A few tips they suggest you try include:
- Stretch before you begin your adventure
- Plan ahead for breaks
- Pack light for your journey
Stretch Before You Begin Your Adventure
Summer adventures can be exciting and seemingly never ending. With all the fun, it can be easy to forget to take the necessary steps to protect your back from pain. Whether you be on a hike, a bike ride, or another outdoor excursion there are times you may experience back pain. Chiropractors suggest that prior to partaking in any of these activities you plan to stretch. This includes stretching the back, neck, and legs. The next time you (and your buddies) head out for fun, make sure that you stretch out before.
Plan Ahead For Breaks
Chiropractors suggest that planning enough time for plenty of breaks is key to preventing back pain while enjoying the great outdoors. It is suggested that during these breaks you plan to get off of your feet, hydrate, and lightly stretch. Research suggests that taking plenty of breaks can prevent debilitating pain from stopping you in your tracks while trying to enjoy a day out with friends and/or family. Make sure the next time you get out that you are not in a hurry so that you have time for these necessary breaks.
Pack Light For Your Journey
With the heat of the spring and summer, you are sure to need a variety of supplies as you enjoy your day out with friends. These items may include water and sunscreen, along with other things. As you pile these items into your bag, they can begin to get heavy. For this reason, chiropractors suggest that you make sure only to include those things which are necessary. Research indicates that lugging along heavy backpacks can tug at the spine, which can cause shifting of the joints and restriction. This can be painful. Keeping your load light can help prevent and manage pain.
For those who suffer with chronic back pain, there is no reason to believe that you cannot enjoy the day out with friends. Routine chiropractic care has proven to help prevent and manage such pain. If you are in need of such help with your back pain, drop by The Joint Chiropractic in your community and start your routine care right away. With more than 450 location nationwide you are sure to find one nearby. And with no appointment necessary getting started is as simple as dropping by on your way home from work.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lakewood, Colo.