It seems like we Brits can’t get enough of festivals. Whatever your interests or tastes there seems to be a festival that will suit you from music, literature, food and much more.
The summer festival season is well underway and hopefully if you are attending one (or maybe) more this summer you’ll have a great time. However, our chiropractor at The Spine & Joint Centre in Ealing wants you to stay ‘back safe’. You may be wondering what on earth this means to you.
Inevitably when you attend a festival you will find yourself spending quite a bit of time on your feet standing or walking (or maybe even dancing!). When you’re not on your feet you will probably find yourself sitting on the ground or on some other hard surface. You will also probably find yourself carrying some bags around at some point be it. If you are camping over then there will be a lot more of all of the above!
Any one of these activities can have an impact on your back. With this in mind, our Ealing chiropractor has put together some advice which if you follow should help minimise the impact on your back.
Carrying: A rucksack with thick padded shoulder straps is the best option for a carry bag. However, slinging it over one shoulder is not going to help! Wear it over both shoulders and adjust the straps so that rucksack sits on your back. If you do have a lot of things to carry then it is best to spread the load evenly across two bags and carry one in each hand than to carry one heavy bag.
Standing: Wear a comfortable pair of shoes. You may want to be a fashionista but you’ll thank us at the end of the day! Check your posture at regular intervals during the day to make sure you’re not slouching. Also, when you are standing, keep feet shoulder width apart which will give your back and hips the best possible support.
Drinking: Not wishing to spoil you’re fun but just a gentle reminder that alcohol will cause dehydration. That being said drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Camping: Before pitching your tent make sure to remove rocks, stones or sticks from the area you intend to pitch your tent on. Using a good quality camping map is a good idea as it will help protect your back and also keep you warmer and dryer. If you can take your own pillow with you, however, a good quality blow up pillow offers a good alternative.
Follow the above and help protect your back and have a safe and fun festival time.
If you are suffering back pain our chiropractor at the Spine & Joint Centre in Ealing is here to help you. Call us now on 020 8900 9004 to book your appointment.