Four Recreational Summer Activities that may Have Damaged your Back More than you Think

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Belltown Spine and Wellness advises enthusiasts of these five summer activities to be on the lookout for varying degrees of back pain. Each activity carries specific dangers to back health that may need to be diagnosed by a trained chiropractor.

As summer draws to a close, some recreational enthusiasts begin to notice that the pain in their back may not be going away. For many who take recreation seriously, some level of pain and soreness is often associated with mere participation. Seattle chiropractic clinic, Belltown Spine and Wellness, understands that soreness is normal for active people, but cautions those experiencing symptoms that are more serious.

Back pain can be experienced in many levels of intensity across several locations, not always isolated to the back itself. One major difference between soreness and actual damage is usually in its persistence, even after taking a break from the activity. General muscle soreness will normally subside after taking a few days off, giving muscles time to heal and recover. Spinal and nerve damage, even of a mild variety, usually takes much longer and sometimes requires treatment.

Here are four summer recreational activities that can cause damage that may feel like soreness, but may turn out to be more serious. Each activity possesses hazards to the alignment and structure of the spine.

Water Sports
Swimming and having fun in the water are normally the best activities for maintaining back health. The weightlessness of water removes the impact associated by dry land activities. Unless, of course, you are being towed behind a motor boat at 20-25 mph. Impact from water skiing (and its other variations) can lead to substantial damage from spinal compression and whiplash. If pain does not decline in a few days, have it looked at.

Excessive Running
With the beautiful summer weather, it is easy to do an activity that you love too much. Runners, in particular, can just put on too many miles in their quest for ultimate fitness. The repetitive pounding of running can cause spinal compression, particularly in the lower back. Make sure to take days off to be able to assess the nature of lingering back pain.

Backpacking
Walking for miles on uneven ground, by itself, is a recipe for some kind of pain in the back. Add to that a pack that can weigh upwards of 50 pounds and the danger to back health is obvious. Be sure to take frequent rests on the trail and learn how to use the straps for shifting the weight between the shoulders and hips. Pain that refuses to subside for days after a hike can mean spinal compression.

Golf
Many people don’t take golfing for the athletic activity it truly is. Of course carrying a bag on your back would seem an obvious cause for back pain, but swinging a club on uneven surfaces possess hazards as well. What’s worse is that since people don’t approach golf as a sport, they are often ill-prepared physically. Bad habits and inattentiveness can lead to some pretty serious spinal alignment issues.

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