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Preventing Bleacher Back: The Dos and Don'ts

By Virginia Laird

For those who may spend most of the school year taking in their student’s events one at a time in the various bleachers of the local schools, it can be difficult for the back to survive. Although there may be no other place on earth a parent would rather be, it can be painful to sit through so much, typically on an aluminum plank. To make matters easier for those who do this, here is a list of the dos and don’t’s for the back and the bleachers.

Do This

A small investment and some common sense can go a long way.

Invest in a stadium seat – Stadium seats can be found at any sporting goods store. With a wide variety of styles, there is certain to be one that can meet the needs of everyone in the family.

Dress comfortably – Clothing can cause havoc on the body, especially when the clothes are too tight or cause unnatural movement. When climbing the bleachers, comfort is best.

Give your back a break - Stretch during the event. This does not mean to whip out a yoga mat and assume the position. Simply taking a minute to stand, walk to the restroom, or the concession stand can help release the tension in the back.

Visit the chiropractor routinely – Sure, most people head to the chiropractor when back pain is evident. However, routine chiropractic visits can help prevent pain as chiropractors help keep the spine in a least restrictive position.

Don’t Do This

These are sure ways to make your life more miserable.

Give in to bad posture – Although many people regularly use poor posture, doing so can be the first invitation for back pain.

Stay in the seat all event long – Although a person may be tempted to lay claim to their seats for the next few hours, it is more important to take advantage of some of the opportunities to stand up.

Wear clothes or shoes that will be difficult to move in – While the stilettos in the closet may go the best with the outfit of choice, they are not practical when heading to an event that may require climbing the bleachers or traipsing across an open field.

Skip the chiropractor – It can be tempting, when a busy week is ahead, to skip the chiropractor. However, this can be detrimental to the back and spine.

It is important to take measures which can help prevent back pain. The school year is long, making your time in the bleachers lengthy as well. Spending just a few minutes taking care of yourself will allow you to enjoy your child’s performance with little to no discomfort.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Antonio, Tex.

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