Depending on your body, back pain may come and go with the comings and goings of different weather. The change in seasons means different temperatures, as well as different activities. Below are some common back pain causes during summer months.
Summer months often come with an increase of outdoor activities and exercise—from swimming, water parks, sports, and activities with the kids. The increase in movement can put a lot more strain on your back, which will result in back pain. If you find the summer months bringing on more physical activity and you are experiencing back pain, here are a few things that you can do to alleviate your back pain:
- Properly warm up and stretch before and after any activity.
- Place a cold icepack on your back to alleviate any swelling or inflammation.
- Consider chiropractic adjustments to keep your back properly aligned and maintained.
- Take it easy and know when to give your body the proper rest that it needs, taking note which activities seem to cause you the most pain and discussing it further with your doctor.
Temperature can impact back pain levels in different ways. Cold weather is often a common trigger for back pain, however warm weather has been known to lead to swelling and inflammation of the muscles in the back. Taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and using a cold icepack to reduce the swelling can help alleviate any back pain you may be experiencing due to the weather.
If you experience back pain and have ever had to travel by air, then chances are you are already aware of how tortuous airplanes can be. Think about all of the things that you have to do to travel by air—standing in long lines, carrying and lifting heavy luggage, bending over to take your shoes off, and long hours sitting in uncomfortable, cramped chairs. If you are planning on flying during the summer months, you can take a number of precautions to avoid some common back pain causes, including:
- Avoid overloading your luggage whenever possible. When you do have to lift your luggage, be sure to properly lift, avoding bending at the waist and straining your back.
- Get up and walk around every 20 to 30 minutes while on the flight to stretch your legs and back muscles.
- Be sure to wear proper shoes while traveling, which will provide your body the necessary support to absorb any impact from the walking you will do throughout the airport.
Summer months can also bring about poor sleeping patterns. Your schedule may be thrown off, so regular bedtimes and wake-up times may be off. Additionally, the warm weather can sometimes make it difficult to go to sleep and lead to tossing and turning. If you are traveling, you may also be sleeping in hotel beds or guest bedrooms at other peoples’ homes. Either way, your sleeping positions, change in sleeping surfaces and poor sleeping habits can catch up to you and most certainly cause some discomfort and pain in your back. Here are some ways to help resolve back pain caused by these issues:
- Try to stick to a regular bedtime and wake-up time as consistently as possible.
- If possible, try to keep the room temperature on the cool side. You may not want to use the air conditioner, but your body will thank you for investing in its comfort through the night.
- Maintain proper and stable sleep positions throughout the night. It is sometimes easy to fall asleep in a somewhat contorted manner, but this will do no favors for your back.
Taking proper precautions and showing your back some TLC through regular chiropractic adjustments is a great way to ensure a strong, healthy, pain-free back throughout the summer months. Contact the experts at Soloway Chiropractic today to schedule your next chiropractic adjustment!