How to manage spine pain in the summer heat
Summer’s rising temperatures can make it difficult to stay active when walking one block down the street causes sweat to drip down your face and arms. The hot weather may challenge those trying to remain active, but it’s important to exercise to prevent neck or back pain from flaring up. Don’t settle into the couch just yet, there are some easy ways you can stay on the move this summer. Try these tips to help you manage your spine pain and beat the heat.
Drink plenty of water. Your neck or back pain may be caused by dehydration. When you sweat more, you need to drink more water to keep your spine healthy. Dehydration can cause spinal discs to lose their water content, making them smaller and less able to cushion spinal movements. If you don’t like plain water, try adding fruit to give it some flavor without adding sugar.
Go inside. If you normally exercise outside, but rising temperatures are keeping you from being active, try joining an air-conditioned gym. Many gyms run summer specials, so it’s a good time to get active inside and save money in the process. If you don’t need gym equipment, you might even try a yoga or workout video in the comfort of your own living room.
Take a dip. Swimming and water aerobics are low-impact exercises that can help you keep cool. As well as being a way to stop sweating, water offers resistance to your movements to help tone your muscles. Spending time in the pool also gives you the opportunity to use your whole body without putting too much pressure on your joints. Most pool exercises don’t even require any special equipment.
Eat a healthy treat. It’s normal to want to eat popsicles and ice cream during warm weather, but inflammatory spine conditions can feel worse when you eat unhealthy foods. The sugar in these treats can contribute to back pain by raising your body’s inflammation levels. Inflammatory back pain relief can start with something as simple as choosing healthier foods. Try a smoothie as a healthy way to cool off.
These tips may help you stay active in the heat and keep your spine feeling good enough to do what you love this summer. If you’ve tried conservative treatments, like water aerobics, and your chronic neck pain or chronic back pain isn’t getting any better, contact us to find out if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine procedures.