Halloween is coming up in a few days which means many adults will be taking their children out trick-or-treating. While the walking is great exercise, it can also cause pain and discomfort in the lower back. Here are some tips to help you have a pain free Halloween while walking around your neighborhood.
1. Stretch Before Walking
Gently stretching your muscles before exercising can help loosen them and get the oxygen-rich blood flowing to the tissues. When the muscles fibers are relaxed, we are more flexible and can move more easily without risk of injury. So, before heading out for the evening, take a couple of minutes to stretch your back and leg muscles.
2. Wear Supportive Shoes
Having good shoes is vital when standing on your feet for an extended period of time. Not only do they support your feet, but having good footwear helps support and protect your leg and back muscles as well. If you’re going to be walking on hard, concrete surfaces, supportive insoles or shoes will provide cushioning and shock resistance for your body.
3. Use Proper Posture Techniques
Many people do not have proper posture when standing or walking. Without even being aware of our actions, we often slouch, lean forward, curve our backs, hunch our shoulders or bend our neck downward when walking. The poor gait and stance put a chronic strain on the muscles which can cause damage to the tissues. Poor posture also reduces nerve function and blood circulation. When walking, keep the back straight, shoulders back and head up. Use a wagon for the candy bags.
4. Don’t Overdo It
The amount of time kids spend trick-or-treating will depend on age, neighborhood, weather and their own interest in going door-to-door. While some people can handle long walks, others cannot. Knowing your limits and putting a time line on your excursions will help you from overdoing it. Pushing yourself too hard will only cause damage and suffering later.
5. Visit Your Chiropractor
At Stephen Nutt Chiropractic, we specialize in treating back issues. If you have lower back pain, it’s important to visit your chiropractor before going out for the evening. Regular checkups will help treat the muscles, align the spine and promote the body’s own natural healing.
Walking is great exercise but for some back problems, it can cause more pain. At Stephen Nutt Chiropractic, we will work with you to ease the tension in your spine while promoting natural health and wellness. If you have chronic back pain, we will help you with your pain management. We will assess the area to determine what’s wrong then work with you to develop a treatment plan and exercise program that will help heal and strengthen your back muscles.
This Halloween, enjoy a pain-free evening with your young ones.