As summer sets in and days lengthen, many people rejoice in the warmer temperatures and fun activities this time of year offers.
But if you have back pain, the story may be a little more complicated. For some people with back pain, the warm weather means relief, while others struggle with the effects of the heat.
Learn more: Back Pain Overview: A Guide for Understanding Back Pain
Summer is a great time travel, but long trips can be hard on your back. Learn more: 7 Tips to Alleviate Back Pain on Your Road Trips
The weather itself is a factor for back pain in the summer. Although scientific studies have not really shown a concrete connection between weather and back or joint pain, many people report that heat, humidity, or even barometric pressure makes a difference in their pain levels—for better or for worse.
In addition to the weather itself, several other seasonal factors can put a damper on your summer fun. Consider this list of back pain triggers in the summer—and tips for managing those triggers:
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Luckily there are tools and tactics you can use to make travel easier: Pain-Free Travel Tips
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If you are having problems with insomnia or are concerned about how to avoid it this summer, consult: Practicing Good Sleep Hygiene.
See Ten Tips for Improving Posture and ErgonomicsAmusement parks are also good summer fun, however they can require hours of walking or standing in line for the most popular rides and attractions. Take breaks to sit and rest when you can, and practice simple leg and back stretches to keep pain at bay:
Advanced Standing Hamstring Stretch for Low Back Pain Relief Video
Seated Chair Hamstring Stretch for Low Back Pain Relief VideoGardening in the summer, much like snow removal in the winter, can put a great deal of strain on your back. From digging and tilling to harvesting and carrying the fruit, herbs, and vegetables, it all can lead to worse back pain due to muscle stress and improper posture. The best ways to avoid this kind of pain are to take breaks so you are not hunched over for too long, to practice proper lifting techniques, and to stretch before going out to garden.
See 11 Ways to Keep Gardening with Back Pain.
Hopefully, some of these links and tips help keep your back pain levels in check during these warm summer months.
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