How to stay spine safe during summer activities!
Summer is in full swing as the days continue to heat up and the family begins to get restless. We all want to pick activities for the family that are enjoyable, but also safe. Here are four tips on how to stay spine safe during your summer activities!
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One of the most popular new activities for water lovers in recent years is kayaking. When kayaking pay attention to how you sit. It’s not ideal to stay seated, especially in a slumped or flexed position, for more than 15-20 minutes at a time. Try and take breaks to stretch out your muscles either on land or with a quick swim; this will ensure your back isn't tight for a prolonged amount of time. Similarly, when you are lifting and moving your kayak use the proper techniques as not to agitate your spine.
Driving or flying to get to your vacation destination? Whether you are the driver or the passenger make sure to get comfortable before the trip even begins. Use a pillow, cushion, rolled up scarf, or any small soft object to support the contour of your back against the seat. We all want to arrive as soon as possible, but it's important not to let your body stay stiff for a prolonged amount of time, so don’t forget to get up and move around every 30 minutes or so to take a break. Planning a road trip? Find more tips on Car Safety here.
- Trampoline Parks & Indoor Inflatables
Nowadays, some of the top summer hangouts for children and adults alike are indoor inflatable and trampoline parks. These are fun and active ways to spend summer days, but they can also cause severe neck and back pain.
It's time to get a handle on your spine health and live free of pain! However, always check with your physician to see if these tips are safe to follow based on your health history.
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