Summer is a fabulous season. The warmer weather creates many opportunities to enjoy a variety of outdoor fun. Concerts, sporting events, gardening, carnivals, road trips, and camping are just a few of the popular thrills you can experience this time of year.
But for some, this time of year also means increased back pain. Many individuals find their pain in the spinal region increases during the hotter months. While there is no proof that the humidity, heat, or change in barometric pressure effect the spine, summer aches can quickly reduce the joy that a lot of heat seekers enjoy during these months.
Adding to the discomfort, some hot weather activities can increase the pain levels. These tips will help reduce your spine aches:
If you find heat and humidity bother your back, try spending more time in air-conditioned buildings. Temperature cooling equipment help lower the area temperature and reduce the humid moisture. This will help reduce your discomfort. Ice therapy can also be very effective. Placing an ice pack on the affected area for 15-minute intervals can reduce inflammation.
Many activities we do during the hot season can easily increase the lumbar pain. Gardening, prolonged standing, camping, sleeping in different beds, and long intervals of sitting in unsupportive bleachers or seats are just a few of the activities that increase the aches.
Add stretching exercises to your agenda before, during and after events will help reduce the stiffness in your spinal region.
Take Regular Breaks
When participating in popular hot weather events, the strenuous movements can intensify the soreness. Working in the garden and spending the day at different fairs or tourist attractions can put a lot of strain on the body. To help alleviate the tenderness, take frequent breaks to allow your body time to rest.
Wear Supportive Shoes
Walking a lot on hard surfaces can hurt more than just your feet after a while. The lower half of the body can suffer greatly from the ongoing motion on the rigid ground. If you are going to be walking for long periods, it’s important to wear good shoes with proper cushioning and support to help reduce the trauma to the body.
Maintain a Sleep Schedule
Sleep deprivation has many negative effects on the body. Summer is a time when sleep patterns can be significantly affected. Travel, camping, and holiday time away from work or school will greatly interfere with our natural routines. Less sleep time will disrupt the body’s natural biorhythms. As much as possible, try to maintain a consistent sleep schedule to make sure you are properly rested for your extra plans.
Diet plays a significant role in our health. The adage “you are what you eat” is still very true today. Eating natural foods rich in vitamins and minerals will help the body stay strong and healthy. If you eat junk, your body will not have enough of the proper nutrients needed to fuel the tissues or prevent injury or trauma the different activities.
Our bodies are made up mostly of water. When you do not consume enough fluids, the tissues and joints cannot stay lubricated. This greatly interferes with their ability to work and move properly. During the warmer climates, the body sweats more, so we lose vital fluids more quickly. Dehydration can occur much faster and become a very serious condition if ignored. Staying hydrated will replenish the needed liquids in the body and keep you healthy.
Visit Your Chiropractor
Chiropractors are specialists in spinal issues and can help reduce your swelling and discomfort through natural manipulation and healing techniques. Visiting your Chiropractic doctor regularly will maintain your back health. Your professional will address issues and treat trauma so you can enjoy a happy, pain free summer. They can also give you tips to exercise, stretch, and support your body during the different seasonal activities.
At Stephen Nutt Chiropractic, we help all our patients savor a pain free summer with regular, therapeutic treatments and healthy lifestyle habits.