Whilst most people have learnt that slapping on the suntan lotion is a good thing to do before spending time lounging in the sun, most people are unaware of the impact that lying or sitting for long periods can have on their back.
If you’re planning some R&R in the sun this summer, here are our top tips to keep your back safe:
• Take a break from sitting or lying every 20 – 30 minutes. Stand up and move around – include a few simple stretches too.
• If you’re planning on reading on your lounger, put your book/ipad/kindle on the floor and read over the edge of the lounger. Placing a small pillow under your lower abdomen will help you avoid arching your back and neck upwards and causing unnecessary strain. You may want to consider listening to audio books!
• Keep hydrated and drink plenty of water
• If you do decide to get active and play some outdoor games remember to warm up before getting too strenuous!
Why not incorporate a great and simple exercise programme into your daily routine that will improve your posture and help reduce the risk of back pain. The Straighten Up UK programme put together by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) for all ages.
If you are suffering from back or neck pain or if you have any other concerns please get in touch with us as we offer a lot of help and advice to get you back up and running as soon as possible. You can contact us at Cliffs Chiropractor Southend on 01702 430430.