Happy MLB opening week sport fans! Good luck to the Chicago White Sox and Cubs as they kick off the 2014 baseball season! Make it your goal to not only have a winning season but a pain free season! If you suffer from back pain and plan on attending numerous Cubs and White Sox games it’s important to keep the following tips in mind. The problem is that stadium seats and bleachers are not very comfortable or supportive for your back. Especially bleacher seats since they have no back support whatsoever.
The key is to always avoid any flexion of the spine. When you are flexing your spine for too long you are loading your discs. Also, if you are how your sitting can cause stress to your back, for example slouching. The goal is to sit up as straight as you possible can when you have no back to your seat. (Click Here for 6 Tips to Preventing Back Pain Through Proper Posture)
When you are at the games another thing you should try to do is getting up every hour and walking around. This allows for the spine to get in an upright position and allows for the muscles to loosen up a little bit.
When your stuck in a seated position for long period of time your muscle tighten up. The hip flexors are what get especially tight when seated. Stretching at your seat every 30 minutes can be very helpful as well. The best stretch you can do while seated for your back is the “Dr. Jeff Stretch”. Here are the instructions on how to do the Dr. Jeff Stretch:
- Sit with your buttocks at the edge of a chair.
- Spread your legs apart slightly.
- Turn your toes out slightly.
- Rest your weight on your legs/feet & relax your abdominal muscles.
- Tilt your pelvis forward & lift your chest up thus increasing the curve of your lower.
- Turn your palms up.
This should make you feel a bit looser. The stretch will help take the pressure off your discs. Remember 80% of the population will suffer from back pain. Do these stretches, keep your back strong and avoid future pain.
Lastly, bring your own seating to the game or a seat cushion if you have to sit in bleachers or stadium seats. If you can bring any type of portable product that provides support to your lower back while sitting will help.
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