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A Life in the Bleachers: 3 Tips to Prevent Back Pain

By Virginia Laird

Like many parents of high school students, your life may be spent in the bleachers of a variety of high schools in or near Raleigh this time of year as you follow the school bus from one football field to the next. While this can bring much joy, sitting in the bleachers for hours on end can bring back pain as well. There are some things a person can do to help manage this pain, including:

  • Invest in a stadium seat
  • Use correct posture
  • Stretch during the game

Invest in a Stadium Seat

A stadium seat can be a person’s best friend during any athletic event which may require hours in the bleachers. Although there are many to choose from, this may be one place where finding the best bargain is not in the best interest of a person’s back. Chiropractors suggest finding a good stadium seat that offers support to the back. They also remind patients that these seats may not be a one size fits all. Try the seat out before purchasing to make sure the one in consideration offers the support needed as well as comfort.

Use Correct Posture

Chiropractors would remind anyone planning to spend the next eight to 10 Friday nights in the bleachers to begin using correct posture as often as possible. When there is no back support, individuals tend to relax the posture and often slouch. This can be a prime contributor to back pain. Chiropractors suggest beginning the use of routine stretches and exercises, which promote healthy posture.

Stretch During the Game

At some point during the game, find time to step out of the bleachers. This can help stretch the back and allow the stress caused from sitting to be released. Take a quick walk to the concession stand to grab a drink or light snack. Chiropractors suggest anytime a person is required to sit for a long period of time, stretching can be one of the best ways to help the back endure the event. When the cheerleaders yell, "Stand up for the kickoff" after a touchdown, take advantage of it.

As always, if you suffer from constant back pain, it is highly recommended to seek out a chiropractor. A great place to begin is with The Joint Chiropractic in your local community. All patients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis, making it easy to get seen when you need it most. When Friday comes around, consider putting into practice these tips; your back will thank you.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Raleigh, N.C.

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