Whether you live by the beach or are taking a trip by car or plane, back pain can ruin it. Check out some tips below on avoiding back pain at the beach this summer! If you have any questions or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at 309-691-7774.
Flip Flops – This footwear is a summertime favorite among people of all ages and genders. However, flip flops are not the best for providing the right type of foot support. Wearing bad shoes, with little to no heel and arch support, can create back pain. This is especially true for those with chronic back pain. If you are going to wear flip flops, try to find some with a heel cup and a deep footbed.
Beach Bags and Coolers – When heading out to the oceanfront, be mindful of what you’re packing in your cooler and beach bag. Try not to overload anything and make your items too heavy to carry. If you need a big cooler, try to invest in one that has wheels and a handle for pushing and pulling. This will keep you from having to carry it from place to place.
Looking Down at Books or Phones – It’s common for people to read or surf the web while lying out on the beach. However, constantly looking down will crane your neck forward which can create pain. Try to keep your book or phone at eye level and hold your head up.
Lying in One Position for Too Long – Try to avoid lying in one position for too long. This is especially true if you like to lie face down to tan your back. This position keeps your neck at an awkward angle. This angle also puts unneeded stress and pressure on your spine.
Move Around – Don’t just lie around all day, get up and move about some. For every hour you sit on the beach, you should get up and move for 10 – 15 minutes. And walking around barefoot in the sand also has lots of health benefits, especially for your spine.
Stay Hydrated – Be sure you’re drinking lots of water. It’s easy to get dehydrated at the beach with the wind, activity, heat, and humidity. Try to avoid drinking caffeinated and alcoholic beverages. These will only dehydrate you more.
We hope today’s topic will help you have a fun and relaxing time in the sand and surf.