One of the highlights of summer is going to an amusement park, such as Disneyland or Magic Mountain. And while these places are so much fun for most people, they can be a nightmare for those who suffer from neck and back pain. You can still enjoy a theme park with your family or friends; just follow our simple tips.
Talk with Your Chiropractor: Before you go to the theme park, it is best to get a wellness adjustment. For most, this adjustment will make you feel better overall and even decrease your pain. While you are with your chiropractor, pick their brains for suggestions. Perhaps they can recommend a special brace to help you enjoy some of the milder rides without causing damage to your back.
Talk with Friends and Family: Be upfront with your pain before you go. Tell them that you would love to join them at the theme park, but chances are you will not be able to go on a lot of the rides. Also let them know that you may need to take frequent breaks as well, since a lot of walking may cause your pain to flare up more. They should understand and have a better idea on how to make the trip more enjoyable for you too.
Avoid Inflammation Food Temptations: Theme parks are filled with delicious, yet horrible food choices. Every where you turn there is a cart or small restaurant carrying something fried, dipped in sugar, or dripping with sodium. If you want to enjoy your day at the theme park, the best choice is to avoid those kinds of foods. Too much of fried foods, sodium, and sugar can inflame your joints, causing pain. Instead, stick with cold water and look for simpler meals such as grilled chicken or beef.
Come Prepared: Make sure you are prepared for spending the whole day at the theme park with over-the-counter pain medication and even hot packs that heat up when shaken. The hot packs can be alternated with a cold bottle of water for on the go relief. Also, wear comfortable shoes that have a good arch support and shock absorbers in them. Clothes should be loose and comfortable, since tight clothing can make you have poor posture.
Stretch and Rest Often: Standing in lines or spending a lot of time walking can be tiring on the body. Make sure you incorporate stretches and rest breaks in your day. If you need to, rent a motorized machine to help you get around the park. Most large theme parks offer them for rent.
Just because you may not be able to ride all of the rides, does not mean that you have to avoid theme parks all together. There is usually a lot of other fun activities and shows to enjoy that do not involve jolting around on a rollercoaster.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.
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