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Back Pain and Holidays
Posted 3 years ago
Back Pain & Driving - Our Back Pain Report
Ok, So here is a sorry cautionary tale from me, and it's something that's been spreading like wildfire and can only get worse in the next few weeks.
Last week was the Fossella's now annual pilgrimage to Pembrokeshire, there isn't much better than dedicated family time and no Internet connection, but have you tried to live without any 4G connection or WIFI for a week-nightmare. But makes for good family conversation :-)
So even before we went away we'd seen 3 or 4 cases of Back Pain associated with holidays at Straight Back Physio. We've even treated a SunBed related injury in the past!!
It was the same old story...Travel, sitting, suitcases, uncomfortable beds all leading to Back Pain.
So by the time we'd taken in a service station or 2 (for daddy's toilet break and more coffee - The kids were Sparko in the back, having fallen asleep while watching the same movie for the 100th time). I'd been driving for more than 4 hours. Now I probably don't drive for that long in any given week let alone 1 day-I was setting myself up for some tasty Back Pain.
What’s going on then?
Well…unaccustomed activity can lead to the onset of pain and dysfunction as we stress joints and muscles in ways in which we usually don't in a day to day basis - we have mentioned this in relation to sport in some of our other Blog posts (have a look at some of the other useful bits of info we've created here)
Now you probably won't believe this next statement...but the weather in Wales wasn't exactly brilliant last week - The irony of that is not lost on me as I sit here sweating on the hottest day of the year so far.
The regular downpours of rain led to a fair bit more sitting around, traumatising my back more, and stressing my head having to watch some awful kids DVDs we picked up in a charity shop. When you have done 1 soft play venue, I'm certain that you have done them all (and its really hard to be in there for more than a couple of hours).
This lead me to think about the post we put up a few weeks ago when we said that SITTING was said to be as bad for the health as Smoking - Seems to be a bit of an exaggeration you might think?
Well it certainly can cause an increase in Back Pain, and its one of the most common complaints we find in people who have come for treatment of Back Pain.
But check out this BBC piece to shed a little more light on what's mentioned.
Motion is lotion...
Lotion to our joints that is -
To our joints that can and should move freely - sitting for extended periods of time puts more stress on the joints and can lead to inflammation and pain just like what I felt on holiday last week.
Combine the increased inactivity of sitting around with an unusual pillow and mattress for 3-4 nights, lifting heavy suitcases and hey presto - I got myself a ‘bad’ back.
Sure its not going to last forever, but it can last a few weeks or months if you are unlucky, and this is just like what some of our current patients are experiencing and having treatment for.
Now I have been back to work for a week now and low and behold, what with me not sitting around so much, and getting back on the bike, the pain has cleared up nicely.
So get active, keep active, and above all else...
If Back Pain is troubling you get some help!
PS…A really good place to start if you do have Back pain is to start some simple exercising, have a look at the exercises below.
So I had a case of Back Pain, after driving 600 miles in a week and sitting on some uncomfortable chairs for many hours a day.
Luckily for me the pain has gone. But unluckily the holiday is over...
I just wish I could have more precious time away with the family.
If you are lucky enough to have some time off over summer - just be careful and don't rest too hard :-)
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