Even if you experience chronic back pain, it isn’t something you usually think about preparing for on the 4th of July. Because we know you didn’t do much planning for your back this holiday, we did it for you. Here are 5 things that everyone should always do for back pain relief and especially something you should do on the 4th so that back pain isn’t something you will have to worry about while you’re trying to have fun. Follow these tips to Feel Good and Do More this 4th.
Water, water, water . . . water. If you didn’t get the point, drink a lot of water. Staying hydrated is not only important because it is the hottest time of the year and you don’t want to pass out from heat exhaustion. But it is also important to keep those spinal discs hydrated so your vertebrae have nice cushioning to land on as you run, bike, jump, or swim. Those who don’t drink enough water are more likely to have weak or damaged cartilage in the spine. Along the same lines as staying hydrated, avoid alcohol (or at least too much). This might not be something you want to hear, but alcohol dehydrates you and can actually cause some extra back pain in the long run. Drinking enough water will help you feel better so you can do more on the 4th.
Take plenty of breaks. If you’re standing most of the time, make sure you take breaks by sitting and resting your muscles. Or vice versa, if you’re sitting most of the time, make sure you get up to stand and stretch. This simple act of taking breaks can do wonders for your back so you can get back to your 4th of July activities.
Go for a swim. Swimming is one of the best exercises for those with back pain. It is easy on your joints, it takes pressure off your back for a while, and it relaxes your muscles and your mind. You probably won’t do any swimming aerobics on the 4th, but take note for the future that a pool workout is great for those with chronic back pain.
Wear the right shoes. It is likely that you will be out and about on the 4th. Don’t wear flip flops unless you plan on just taking them off at the pool. Supportive shoes won’t only feel better for your feet but your back, hips, and knees as well. Make sure that whatever shoe you choose has some great arch support. Wearing the right shoes can mean the difference between staying out longer or heading in early.
Take the Chirp Wheel with you wherever you go. You never know when back pain might strike. Thankfully, the wheels are easy to pack up and take with you wherever you go. Using the wheel between activities might just save you from back pain on the 4th and allow you to spend the most time possible with your loved ones.