Bone & Joint | Prevention
May 5, 2017

4 tips for back care in the spring and summer

by Gardening

Whether gardening, celebrating or exercising, keep these tips for back pain prevention in mind over the next few warm, sunny months.

 

Months of warm, glorious sun draw us outdoors to enjoy the weather, but those same months can be tough on the back. Here are four tips for back care to keep in mind this time of year.

1. Prevent back pain in the garden.

Thanks to all of the April showers that poured down on Nashville, we are graced with an abundance of May flowers. Gardening and lawn work is a great physical activity that gives us the opportunity to enjoy the sun and be productive in our yards on the weekends. Be sure if you have back and neck pain that you practice pacing or take regular breaks while bending and stooping so that you can avoid severe flares of symptoms.

2. Try icing as back pain treatment.

When it’s hot out, instead of your heating pad, try a 20-minute break using ice on your back or neck to cool down and relax those achy muscle spasms. To get the full benefit of icing, you must endure the 3 phases:

  • Cold;
  • A burning sensation;
  • Numbness.

3. Safety first.

Did you know that July is the month of the year when the most spinal cord injuries due to motor vehicle accidents are reported? So if barbequing and sharing in summertime parties with friends and family are on your calendar for the coming months, be sure to have a great time safely and responsibly. Don’t drink and drive. It could save a life or a spine.

4. Take a swim.

If you’re looking for a refreshing activity to get you out of the steamy gym this summer, then splash into an exercise regimen that involves swimming. Swimming is a perfect summertime exercise that becomes accessible to more of us as pools open up for the season. Swimming is the ideal exercise for lower back pain because it is low-impact. Plus, it combines strengthening of your back extension and core muscles, leg toning and cardiovascular conditioning all in a cool and refreshing atmosphere. Not only will you look great this summer, but your back will also thank you.

Summer, Safety, Bone Health, Spring

The Vanderbilt Spine Center remind all of you to stay hydrated this summer for good spine and overall wellness. For more information on back pain, neck pain and other spinal conditions, call 615-875-5100 for an appointment.

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