Summer is officially here and with warmer temperatures, it is a great time for fun road trips or just trying new outdoor activities. Introducing new activities into the daily routine can often raise the risk of injury, more particularly BACK PAIN. It is very important that whatever summer activities you will be planning and doing, it is always best to keep in mind a healthy spine.
Here are some ways to protect your back during this summer:
1. PLAN your day ahead-whether golfing all day, endurance cycling or swimming in the lake, it is best to have a plan in mind on how will you go about the task without straining your back. Choosing the right swing or the most efficient bicycle or best stroke with these activities should be considered as well to conserve your energy and be on it for the long run.
2. PACE your activity by starting slowly and gradually-this will give your body time to adjust and adapt to the new activity and avoid getting hurt. Taking frequent rest and breaks in between and not pushing yourself harder than what it is used even if you are not experiencing pain will relax and relieve the body of unnecessary tension and stress.
3. PRIORITIZE a healthy back – stationary positions such as prolonged sitting during road trips can be very harmful for the spine. Frequent change of position, getting help for long distance driving and having a lumbar support are just ways to avoid back pain. For distance runners or cyclists, certain key muscles need to be stretched and strengthen in order to keep balance in the body thus decreasing chances of having back strain. Also of equal importance is the constant awareness of the proper posture of each spinal segment and avoiding pain provoking positions.
4. PAIN-FREE summer should be everyone’s goal- with the proper information of keeping a healthy back and education regarding ways to prevent back pain, summer will be bright as the sun, fun in the sand and a happy trip on the road. Remember that the body can only take so much at one time, respect pain and give the body time to recover. However, if your pain persists and you think you need to learn more about protecting your back…a visit to a professional such as a CHIROPRACTOR OR A PHYSIOTHERAPIST will definitely help you.
For our pain-free summer program call BERTON PHYSIOTHERAPY and CHIROPRACTIC at 519-966-8200 and book your appointment.
“If YOU’RE HURTIN’, CALL TEAM BERTON”
Article by Heidee Sanchez P.T.