The Connection Between Springtime Activities and Spinal Health: What You Need to Know
As springtime rolls around, many of us are eager to shake off the winter blues and get outside to enjoy the warmer weather. However, it's important to keep in mind how these seasonal activities can impact our spinal health. Here are some things you need to know to maintain a healthy spine while enjoying your favorite springtime activities.
Gardening: Gardening can be a great way to get outside and exercise, but it can also be hard on your back. Make sure to stretch before starting, use proper posture when bending and lifting, take frequent breaks to avoid straining your back muscles, and switch repetitive activities frequently. Hiking: Hiking is a fantastic way to get some fresh air, exercise, and commune with nature, but it's important to choose trails that match your fitness level and take care when walking on uneven terrain. Wearing proper footwear with good support can also help to prevent spinal injuries. Cycling: One of my favorite pastimes, is a low-impact activity that can be great for your cardiovascular health, but it's important to make sure your bike is properly fitted to your body to avoid straining your back. Additionally, taking breaks to stretch and change positions during longer rides can help to prevent discomfort in the SI joints, low back, and upper back–neck region. Golfing: Another favorite activity of mine can be great for getting those steps in if you’re walking a course. The one-sided repetitive nature of the sport can lead to spinal issues if you do not properly condition yourself in the off-season or stretch prior to your match. Additionally, I always recommended stretching during the game or gently swinging the club in the other direction to balance out tightened muscle tissues around the spine and prevent strain. Spring cleaning: Spring cleaning can be a great way to freshen up your home, but it can also involve a lot of bending, lifting, and twisting. Make sure to use proper lifting techniques, take breaks, and avoid overloading your cleaning supplies to prevent excessive loads on your spine a surrounding muscle tissue. Using proactive and maintenance chiropractic care is a great way during the beginning months of spring to analyze, support and maintain the health of your nervous system. So go get checked if you have not for a while. Don’t let pain force you to make that call. Dr. Burge ~ In-Joy Life Chiropractic and Laser Care. “Feel Better, Move Better, and Look Better” www.injoylife.ca 604-535-7373