Summer is the time for fun activities and action. With the kids out of school many people planning getaways, there’s definitely a lot to do. Whether it’s tossing a football in the backyard, toting supplies for a family picnic, or traveling on vacation, you’re bound to be more physically active during summertime. And with all that extra activity, you may be putting more strain on your back than you realize. Not to worry though; by keeping up with chiropractic care and following a few simple rules, you can enjoy everything summer has to offer while still feeling great.
>Travel can be a large strain, and a major cause of subluxation. Between carrying heavy luggage and spending long hours in a car or plane, there are plenty of opportunities for your spine to get out of alignment. There are ways, however, to make traveling a little gentler on your back. Be careful when picking up heavy travel bags, lifting with your legs rather than back muscles to prevent straining. If you’re going on a long trip, make sure not to spend too much time in one position; it’s a good idea to get up and stretch as often as you can.
When working in the yard – whether it’s gardening, mowing, or other outdoor chores – use the same caution you’d use in traveling. Try not to spend too much time stooping and bending, and be sure not to overwork any one part of your body. If you do a lot of heavy outside work during the summer, your chiropractor can show you stretches and exercises that will help strengthen your back muscles and prevent future backaches.
Warm weather means more chances to try outdoor activities you may not usually have a chance to enjoy. If you aren’t used to a lot of physical exertion, you may find yourself more prone to injury. If you do strain your back, be sure to seek treatment with chiropractic as soon as possible to prevent any problems from getting worse.
There’s no reason to sacrifice summertime activities to save your back; with a few precautions and regular chiropractic care, you can savor a summer that is both fun and pain-free!
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