Enjoy summer parties without back pain


Summer is just around the corner. And whether you’re planning a backyard barbecue, a beach bash or an afternoon pool party, there’s something besides your invite list you need to consider — especially if you suffer from chronic neck or back pain.

From leaning over a hot grill while cooking burgers and hot dogs to carrying those oversized trays of appetizers, your summer party could present its own set of challenges if you’re not prepared. That’s why Laser Spine Institute is sharing some simple tips to keep your painful symptoms in check so you can enjoy your summer party in style.

Mix it up. Entertaining guests can offer much more than good food and drink. In fact, if you want to know how to naturally boost endorphins, try getting up from your chair and mingling. Social hormones such as testosterone and estrogen will kick into gear whenever you chat with your guests, enjoy a good laugh or connect with those you care about.

Plan it out. Want to get a head start on party planning? It’s easier than you think with these stress-free party ideas and stress-free entertaining tips. By doing all the legwork in advance, you can focus on having fun with your guests.

Stand Tall®. The benefits of good posture can never be underestimated. And practicing good posture at parties begins by standing up straight and not hunching over. By doing so, you’ll keep your spine where it should be — in alignment.

Lift smart. Keeping guests happy is your goal. That’s why you may not think twice about lifting that heavy food tray in the name of hospitality. But before you do, you should know how to lift a tray of food to prevent a neck or back injury. Always bend at the knees, not the waist. And never be afraid to ask for help.

King of the grill. Knowing how to grill with back pain could mean the difference between having fun and having to call it a night. A simple way to keep your painful symptoms in check is to have a stool handy so you can take breaks while you cook. You can also stock up on ergonomic grilling utensils to help you get the job done.

Foods that fuel. Most summer parties give you the chance to indulge in comfort foods such as hot dogs with all the fixings, chips and creamy potato salad. But there’s still a way for you to add some healthy summer recipes for your guests, especially on the appetizer and dessert tables. Serve your partygoers anti-inflammatory party snacks such as blueberries or a refreshing glass of iced green tea. You can also offer chopped pineapples, sliced red peppers paired with hummus and dark chocolate morsels to top off that ice cream sundae.

Summer parties don’t have to be painful experiences. But if you or someone you care about is suffering from chronic neck or back pain, and conservative treatments haven’t helped, call Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive spine procedures have provided relief to thousands of patients and may help you get back to the life you love.


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