Back Pain Begone: Tips for Enjoying a Pain-free Spring

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Spring is here, and with it comes a plethora of outdoor activities to enjoy. However, for those suffering from back pain, these activities can be a painful reminder of the limitations that their condition imposes. Imagine this: you are out with friends on a beautiful spring day, excited to play a game of Frisbee or take a long hike through the woods. But as soon as you start moving, that familiar ache in your lower back begins to intensify. You try to push through the pain but soon find yourself sitting on the sidelines, watching your friends have all the fun. 

How many times has this scenario happened to you? How much has your back pain prevented you from fully participating in your favorite springtime activities? It's time to take action and regain control of your life. In this article, we'll provide you with valuable tips and tricks to prevent back pain from limiting your enjoyment of the season. We will also tackle why it pays to visit an Upper Cervical Chiropractic. So let's get started!

 

Spring Activities That Could Trigger Back Pain

As the sleeping flowers start to bloom and the weather gets warmer, it's easy to get excited about all the fun spring activities that are just around the corner. Unfortunately, no matter how wonderful the weather is, body pains do not make exemptions, and sometimes, the more active we are, the more they persist – especially if not addressed correctly. In this section, we'll explore some of the most common spring activities that can trigger back pain.

#1. Gardening

Gardening can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise, but it can also put considerable strain on your back. Activities such as digging, weeding, and lifting heavy bags of soil or mulch can also contribute to back pain.

#2. Golfing

Golfing may seem like a low-impact sport, but the repetitive twisting and bending motions the sport requires can cause back pain, especially if you're not using the proper form.

#3. Biking

Biking is a great way to exercise and enjoy the spring weather, but if you're not using the proper posture and positioning while biking, it can also put hurt your back.

#4. Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning is a popular and great way to freshen up your home, but it can also be hard on your back. Activities such as lifting heavy boxes, reaching for high shelves, and bending over to scrub floors can all contribute to back pain.

#5. Hiking

Hiking is a popular spring activity, but it can also be challenging for those with back pain. Uneven terrain, steep inclines, and carrying a heavy backpack can all contribute to back pain. 

By being mindful of these common spring activities that can trigger back pain, you can take steps to reduce your risk of injury and enjoy a pain-free spring.

                                   

Tips to Prevent Back Pain

Whether or not you are suffering from chronic back pain, it’s important to listen to your body and always prepare or warm up before doing any activity that may exacerbate your aches and pains. Here are some things you can do to avoid more back pain while enjoying this beautiful season. 

Warm-up exercises

Before beginning any physical activity, it is important to stretch your muscles to prevent back pain. Simple warm-up exercises like arm swings, knee raises, and walking can help prepare your body for physical activity.

Wear supportive shoes

Wearing shoes that offer proper support can help prevent back pain. Look for shoes with good arch support and cushioning to protect your back from impact.

Use proper lifting techniques

When lifting heavy objects, use proper lifting techniques. Bend your knees and keep your back straight, and lift with your legs instead of your back. 

Take frequent breaks

If you're engaging in a physically demanding activity, take frequent breaks to rest your body and prevent back pain. 

Maintain good posture

Good posture can help prevent back pain. Make sure to stand up straight, with your shoulders back and your chest out.

Stay hydrated

Staying hydrated can help prevent muscle cramps and stiffness, which can contribute to back pain.

Use a cushion

If you sit for extended periods, use a cushion to support your lower back and prevent pain.

Stretch after activity

After engaging in physical activity, take time to stretch your muscles to prevent stiffness and soreness.

Avoid twisting

Avoid twisting your back when engaging in physical activity, as this can lead to injury and back pain.

Get enough rest

Finally, make sure to get enough rest. Proper sleep and rest can help your body recover and prevent back pain caused by overuse or strain.

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Upper Cervical Chiropractic for Long Term Back Pain Relief

If you suffer from chronic back pain, you may be surprised to learn that the root cause could be a misalignment in your atlas, the first vertebra in your neck. Atlas subluxation can cause a wide range of symptoms, including back pain, headaches, and even digestive issues. Fortunately, Upper Cervical Care offers a safe and effective approach to correcting atlas subluxation and alleviating associated back pain.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic is a gentle, non-invasive approach that focuses on the topmost neck bones - atlas and axis (C1 and C2 bones). By applying low-force adjustment on these bones, Upper Cervical Chiropractors can ease the cervical spine back into its proper position and  relieve pressure on the muscles, joints, and nerves near the misalignment. 

If you suffer from chronic back pain, it's worth considering whether an atlas subluxation could be the root cause. By seeking out a qualified Upper Cervical Chiropractor, you can take the first step toward long-term relief and improved quality of life. Book your appointment with an upper cervical chiropractor near you today!

 

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