Back pain can be a consequence if you work or play too hard and don’t follow a few simple back precautions. These activities are common causes of back pain.
Gardening and Yard Work
Weeding, mowing, planting, raking, and other lawn and garden tasks can take a toll on the muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints in your back. Muscles in your back can be strained when you lift heavy bags of mulch or gravel, while stiffness and muscle spasms may be a consequence of sitting in the same position for hours when planting flowers and shrubs.
Following a few of these tips can help you avoid back pain:
- Ask for help when lifting heavy items or use a wheelbarrow or dolly to move items safely from one place to another.
- Take frequent breaks to prevent your back from stiffening up.
- Don’t twist your body when you lift or dig.
- Use a seat to garden or knee pads.
Road trips are a summer tradition for many American families. Unfortunately, spending hours sitting in a can cause back pain and stiffness. If your vehicle’s seat isn’t comfortable, use cushions that provide lumbar (low back) and neck support. Make time in your schedule for frequent stops to walk around the car. Walking not only helps you avoid back pain, but may also decrease your risk of a blood clot due to inactivity.
Golf, Tennis, and Other Sports or Outdoor Activities
Swinging a golf club, tennis racquet, or baseball bat can strain your back muscles and joints, particularly if your form is off or your posture is bad. According to the American Chiropractic Association, a force equal to 10 times your body weight is exerted on your spine during a golf swing. Playing these sports may also increase your risk of elbow and hip pain. There are plenty of informational videos on stances, swings, and body mechanics in online videos.
Hiking or biking may also increase your risk of back pain or injuries. Make sure you wear proper shoes and gear. You can also use a walking stick to improve your balance and reduce pressure on your back.
Spending hours in one position during a long bike ride may lead to back spasms and a reduced range of motion. Make sure your bike is the right size for your body. If you have to stretch to reach the handlebars or the seat is too high, you’re more likely to strain your lower back.
Chiropractic Care Helps You Avoid Summer Back Pain
Regular chiropractic treatments will keep your spine properly aligned and your muscles, ligaments, and tendons loose and flexible. Chiropractic treatments can correct postural imbalances that improve your golf swing and help you avoid back pain. Does your favorite sport involve running or jumping? Your chiropractor can create a treatment plan that helps reduce strain on your joints and muscles.
Are you tired of living with back pain? Scheduling regular chiropractic visits this summer offers a simple solution. Contact our office to make your appointment.