After a pretty bad winter here in the UK, I think we are all looking forward to summer and some sunshine to enjoy!
But for many people with back pain, the rise in temperatures can lead to a rise in back pain.
The 3 common reasons:
Dehydration is very common and more so during summer.
Instead of increasing hydration with pure water, many people reach for soft drinks, most of which contain sugar, artificial sweeteners and caffeine, and these further decrease hydration levels.
Or they increase their consumption of caffeine (in tea and coffee).
If you’re dehydrated then the body has an uphill struggle just to keep your nervous system ‘on-line’.
In other words, your body must keep your brain functioning and the nervous system working AT ALL costs. And it will take water from anywhere and everywhere (different parts of your body) in order to do so!
Water will be extracted from your digestive system, which means you may experience some constipation and a loss in core strength.
Back pain may increase due to the tissues that are currently inflamed not having enough water to dampen the flames!
Your spinal discs are also water-based. Guess what’s going to happen there… dehydrated spinal discs are VERY common and can add insult to an already sore back.
Many of us LOVE to get out into the garden during the summer months. Others simply feel they must keep the garden from looking unsightly, and so gardening begins!
If you have any type of back issue, whether that be an extension or flexion dysfunction, your back is going to let you know it’s not too happy with the increase in bending, twisting, carrying and a general increase in movement.
Add on top of that a decrease in hydration and you may be heading for a back episode.
3. Reduced Energy
Reduced energy can be caused by dehydration, and as a result, many people reach for a ‘pick-me-up’, which is usually sugar based junk food.
Ice cream, chocolate and general junk food consumption increases, which further dehydrates the body and can lead to blood sugar highs and lows.
In turn, these can lead to hypo-glycaemia, which leaves you feeling tired and can lead to a slow down in brain function.
Even simple daily activities can become stressful, so looking after your fragile back might be forgotten… until it’s too late.
What can you do?
Whether it’s in this country or away on holiday, don’t allow back pain to rule your life!
Back pain is so much more than a mechanical dysfunction. If you have read previous blogs, you will know my views on this.
For 95% of the back pain patients I have ever worked within the last 17 years, taking a holistic view of EVERY aspect of health has a HUGE impact and can eradicate back pain for good.
Don’t put off dealing with your own particular issue.
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I ALWAYS offer this for free, so you can see exactly what we do here and we can show you that we don’t take the usual approach to back pain rehabilitation.
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