4 Tips for Avoiding Pain When Getting Amusement
By Brandi Swieter
Amusement or theme parks make the ideal summer attraction. People get to spend their day enjoying the warm weather and receiving plenty of exercise as they walk to and from all the different rides and attractions. Though these parks can be extremely fun, they can also leave people feeling a bit pained if they don’t use proper caution. With a few tips, roller coaster riders and other amusement park-goers can enjoy their day without it ending in aches.
Stretch Before Going
A long day spent walking, standing in lines, and going on rides that can make the body tense up will be hard on the joints. Stretching before going to any amusement park or similar location will ensure the body is adequately prepared to handle the activities. The legs should be the primary focus. It’s also important to stretch while at the park, being sure to do so at regular intervals, or at least before the legs and body start to feel too much cramping or tension.
Take Time to Sit
Since a day at the amusement park consists primarily of being on the feet, other than when on a ride, people should be sure to take adequate time to sit and relax throughout the day. Though a lunch break is an ideal time, make time to sit and rest at other points, as well.
Wear Comfortable Shoes
Flats and sandals may seem comfortable on a hot day, but they are really not ideal for walking and standing for long periods. It’s best to wear comfortable shoes for walking that will provide proper support to the feet and legs, and therefore the rest of the body. A newer pair of tennis shoes is usually ideal.
Pay Attention to Signs
All rides have a sign out front indicating the height people must be in order to ride, along with other restrictions and advice. If a sign says people with back problems shouldn’t be riding, then it’s important to follow this. Don’t just ride anyway while hoping for the best. Some rides can jerk the body around too harshly and further injure those who already have an issue with their back.
Avoiding pain when getting amusement from a large park can be difficult. Anyone hoping to enjoy their day at an amusement park should follow these tips, along with seeing the chiropractor both before and after the trip. A doctor can help to remove joint restrictions to ensure the body is in optimal condition for all the activity it will endure for the day. The Joint Chiropractic offers walk-in hours throughout the day and evening.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in American Fork, Utah.