Centro de la columna Vertebral: July 2, 2019
We leave you with these simple tips to take care of your back on vacation.. This period of relaxation and rest may have some risks for your spine, and you should take them into account. Remember to see a doctor if you have any discomfort that affects your daily life.
Yes, it's a vacation, but it's not good overdoing rest. Physical inactivity, especially lying down, is bad for the back, since it weakens the muscular structures that support it.
Many times we take advantage of the vacations to do some pending tasks: cut the grass in the garden, take out the old clothes, organize the basement storage, etc. All this can involve carrying or lifting heavy objects, so it is very important to always do it by bending your legs and with straight back, you can also use a back brace to avoid injuries.
Take advantage of your time and take a walk, go for a jog or go to a Zumba class. Any physical activity, done under supervision, is beneficial for the back and for health in general.
It is important to maintain an adequate weight to avoid back problems due to muscle overload. Don't let your vacation become an excuse to neglect your health, to overeat or drink and to acquire bad eating habits.
If you are going on a road trip, take breaks of at least 15 minutes for every 2 hours of driving. Stretch your legs and don't spend more than 6 continuous hours behind the wheel, since this can increase pain in the lower back. If you travel by bus or plane, take a cushion and/or pillow to avoid neck and upper back problems.
Remember that if you have recurrent or intense back pain, it is necessary to go for a medical evaluation. At the Centro de la Columna Vertebral we have more than 22 years of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the back. Contact us for a consultation at any of our clinics.