Summer Time Tips for taking care of your back
Summer is a time for swimming, travel and get-togethers with family and friends. The last thing you want is for your back or neck pain to ruin your summer. Here are a few tips and exercises from Dr. Tannenbaum to take care of your back while on vacation.
Warm up first.
If you haven’t been active lately, it’s best to start gradually. Do some slow stretches or take a short walk before joining that basketball game or digging up those overgrown bushes you’ve been meaning to get to.
Light stretching video:
Cushionning is important. Soles with a shock-absorbing material such as cork are likely to be easier on your back than a rubber sole. Sand
als designed for outdoor sports, hiking, or river rafting are often more stable and have better arch support than other sandals. If you’ve still got your heart set on shoes that provide little support, do your back a favor and wear them only on special occasions.
Flip-flops and flats offer little support, putting stress on your back. Sandals can be a better way to keep cool; but if you are taking a long walk, out shopping or site seeing, you want to wear walking or running shoes. There are some styles of flip flops that offer arc support; but if you are suffering from lower back pain or sciatica, you want to avoid flip-flops for trips longer than walking to the pool.
Why flip-flops are bad video:
Don’t over-do it.
Summer is about the great outdoors and hiking. Low-impact exercises such as walking, and bicycling are good options, but you may need to take a lot of breaks if you’ve been sedentary. If you have back pain and/or being treated; then hike or explore vacation spots that are not going overwork your sensitive areas. We all want to take the stairs up to the Eiffel Tower; but doing it in Flip-flops with a bad back is going to ruin your vacation. Remember that any exercise is better than none, and don’t try to push past the pain.
Summer is full of day trips.
Tours, visiting theme parks, camping, etc, etc. All these events put an extra amount of pressure on your back and joints as you are doing activities that you normally don’t do. A day at Disneyland or City tour of Rome involves a lot more walking and sitting than you might do on a regular basis. Take some time in the evening to gently stretch your back for a few minutes to relieve some pressure and tightness.
Quick Back Stretch:
Be prepared when you travel.
Whether you’re driving or flying, bring along an extra seat cushion, a disposable heat patch, or an instant cold pack in case your pain flares up. If you are on a long flight or drive. then you can practice some simple exercises to help you if you experience some pain.
Travel Exercises good for the Plane:
Getting enough water is important for your overall health, and your spine is no exception. Drink water before you start your trek or exercise. Spinal discs need to be well-hydrated to stay strong and flexible, so keep that water bottle in reach. You can never have too much extra water.
See Dr. Tannenbaum
After you vacation, come see Dr. Tannenbaum for a spine check-up or to continue your treatment. Your Spine and lower back will thank you.
Dr. David Tannenbaum has been taking care of families in Beverly Hills for over 25 years. His has created a practice unlike other chiropractors from the moment you walk in you will feel the difference. His private office in Beverly Hills offers Chiropractic Care, Acupuncture and Massage. He believes that everyone should “Feel Amazing”!