Three tips to stay cool in Cincinnati without back pain
Living with back pain can be difficult – but it can be even more of a challenge during Cincinnati’s hot summers. From June through September, most residents hope to spend time with their families at some of the city’s top attractions, like the City Flea Urban Market and Coney Island. However, when walking – or even standing – for hours at a time causes significant spinal discomfort, it’s important to take strategic steps to keep the pain at bay. So, what’s a person with back pain to do to stay cool and make the most of the summer?
- Tip 1: Plan activities where there are adequate rest options. There’s no need to be constantly on the move from sunrise to sundown. Selectively create a game plan based on potential opportunities to sit down, stretch and relax in between activities. Top options? The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden (designed with abundant seating), the Great American Ball Park (catch a baseball game in the shaded section of the stadium) and the Taft Museum of Art (a relaxing tearoom provides a perfect place to unwind in between exhibits).
- Tip 2: Watch what you eat (and drink). Cincinnati has some of the state’s top restaurants, from casual burger joints and neighborhood grills to five-star steakhouses and everything in between. But, before you order, remember that greasy and heavy foods can increase inflammation in your body, while leafy greens, ginger, fresh fruits and omega-3-laden fish can help reduce it. Give the fried appetizers a pass this time, and load up on salads and vegetables instead. That doesn’t mean you can’t have anything fun – even pizza can be a good choice if you know what to look for. And, most importantly, don’t forget to hydrate.
- Tip 3: Take advantage of a pool. If you’re visiting Cincinnati from out of town, consider finding lodging where you can participate in a bit of DIY hydrotherapy. Water helps support your body weight, which means a temporary reduction in the stress on your spine. After a long day, take a dip in a pool and let the water wash away your neck and back pain.
If back pain is preventing you from participating in your favorite summer activities, you may need to start thinking about a comprehensive treatment plan. Medications, exercises, physical therapy and other nonsurgical treatments may be adequate – although some individuals do end up requiring surgery to obtain the relief they need.
At Laser Spine Institute, we offer several minimally invasive alternatives to traditional spine surgery. To learn more about our procedures or to find out if you are a candidate, contact Laser Spine Institute today.