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Don't Let Back Pain Stop Your Summer Fun

By Stephen R. Farris

Just because you suffer from back or neck pain doesn't mean you have to spend all of your time, especially now that it's summer, indoors in bed or sitting in your easy chair. You can still be active and do some of your favorite summertime activities.

So take advantage of all the nice sunny weather and get out and do something! Just make sure to check with your doctor or chiropractor first, to make sure you are physically safe to do so.

Go Swimming

There's nothing more refreshing and exhilarating than going swimming on a hot summer day. Since the weight of your body lessens in water, it's easier for people with back pain to walk, stretch, or even swim laps.

Take a Walk

A leisurely walk outdoors, maybe in the park or just around the neighborhood once or twice a day, can help loosen your muscles and lessen some of the pain you might be feeling in your back. The only drawback is if the activity causes more pain. You might start small, like walking to the end of your driveway and back, then progress farther each time. If you start to feel pain, stop, stretch, and try to go a little farther or at least make it back to a safe place.

Go Hiking

If your back pain is moderate to light, then going on a hike could be ideal. There's nothing like hiking in a forest or along a waterway, or on a mountain trail. You can always carry a big stick with you to help steady yourself better when you start feeling pain creeping in. Make plans to take breaks often and be sure to have plenty of water and snacks with you. Consider choosing your hike route on more even terrain instead of elevated paths. Also make sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

Catch Some Fish

Fishing is another activity that can be very relaxing and less taxing on your back, neck, and joints. You can even take extra seating cushions to sit on if you're fishing in a boat on the lake, or your favorite -- and comfortable -- camping chair if you decide to sit along the shore or on a pier to reel in the big ones.

The point is to get out of the house and have some type of fun, and not let your back or neck pain prevent you from doing so.

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

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