Summer is in full swing, and with restrictions lifted, sporting events are back in session. While getting out and moving around is generally good for your health and wellness, sports can take a toll on your body. This is true even if you’re just watching sports.
Whether you’re watching a game at a local park or seeing the Twins play at Target Field, you’ll likely be sitting on hard surface that doesn’t provide great support. This can lead to something call “bleacher back.”
Back Pain and Spectator Sports
Sitting for extended periods takes a toll on your back, even if you’re sitting on a supportive chair in an ergonomic position. When you’re at a sporting event, your seat likely offers little support, and you’re probably hunching over. All of this simply adds to the strain.
Proper bleachers are often the worst culprit, as they lack any back support at all. This results in people leaning forward and resting their elbows on their knees. Though it might feel comfortable at first, this position actually causes your back to curve outward, placing abnormal stress on your lower back. Once you sit up or stand, you’ll likely notice tension and pain.
The longer you hold this position, the more your back is strained. You may stand or bend to tie your shoe, only to have something pop out of place. Even if you’re sitting at a field or arena that offers back supports, sporting event seating never really provides proper cushion or posture.
Preventing Bleacher Back
Ultimately, it’s your responsibility to be proactive when it comes to preventing back strain and injury while attending sporting events. Bringing a cushion, blanket, or anything else to soften your seat can make a big difference. There are also a number of affordable products that can actually provide portable support for standard bleachers.
However, it’s also important that you’re regularly standing and even stretching. Whenever there’s a break in the action, take a moment to stand and stretch. Consider walking around as well. These movements might seem small, but they can make a massive difference over the course of a few hours.
Treating Back Pain and Tension
If you’re already suffering from pain or tension, you should see a chiropractor. Even if it seems minor, the tension you’re feeling is likely a symptom of a growing problem. It’s best to have it treated before further pain arises.
For Savage and Prior Lake chiropractic, schedule an appointment at Watkins Family Chiropractic. We provide family-friendly no-pressure chiropractic care designed to tend to your individual needs. We also offer free consultations if you’d like to learn more about the options available to you.