Category: Back Pain | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: October 21, 2015
Fall is here in Minnesota, so now is the time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather, because snow and ice are just around the corner. Checking out a corn maze or decorating the house for Halloween can be a lot of fun, but back pain can put a halt to those activities pretty quickly. Below, we’re going to share some tips for keeping back pain at bay this fall. Here are some tips for preventing and treating back pain flareups this season.
Planning ahead is the best way to combat back pain. If you know you’re going to have to get up on a ladder to clean out the gutters or rake the backyard, take a second to prepare your body before the activity begins. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever, eat a healthy meal, hydrate, dress warmly and stretch a bit before you dive into the activity. Medications and healthy meals can prevent inflammation from becoming a problem, and dressing warmly and staying hydrated ensure your muscles continue to operate at optimal levels. Lastly, take time to warm up your body, as jumping right into a strenuous activity can cause you to tweak your back.
Instead of Hiding Your Back Pain, Flaunt It!
This may sound odd, but hear us out. Whether you’re going to an adult Halloween party, taking your kids Trick or Treating or just staying home to hand out candy, use your condition to take your costume to the next level. If you have back pain, incorporate it into your costume. Dress up as a retired football star who took one too many hits, or go as Frankenstein and tell people the doctor screwed up your back! Don’t let back pain discourage you from having a good Halloween!
Make Exercise Fun
As we’ve detailed on the blog before, exercise and activity are natural pain relievers. It can be tough to work up the motivation to get your daily exercise in, but autumn is a great time be active without really trying. Some fun activities that can also double as exercise for the day include:
- Hiking through the picturesque woods
- Pumpkin or apple picking
- Traversing through a corn maze
- Walking around the neighborhood to look at all the Halloween decorations
- Planning a nature scavenger hunt with your kids
So don’t let back pain slow you down this fall. Plan ahead, make exercise fun and even embrace your pain!