How much do we need these extra couple of days’ leave at the end of this month? It seems an age since the last break (snow days notwithstanding). But don’t be lured into a false sense of security by the colourful, foil-wrapped chicks, bunnies and eggs adorning the supermarket shelves! At Easter, as per the rest of the year, there are some fundamentals to bear in mind…….
Visiting friends and family? If you’re driving or spending a long time in a car, you may encounter busy roads and longer than usual periods in the car. This is not good for your spine. Here are some tips to bear in mind, whether you’re in a car, on a train, plane or coach:
- Sit comfortably: remove anything from your pockets, keep your knees in line with or slightly lower than your hips. Pull in your chin pulled in so your head is aligned your spine.
- Drivers, adjust the distance between yourself and the steering wheel to avoid reaching too far forward and putting stresses on the spine, neck and shoulders.
- Keep cool! Why not keep an ice pack to hand in a cool box just in case inflammation should arise?
- Take a break! As ever, it’s important to avoid keeping your back in one position for a long time. If possible, take regular breaks – as frequently as every half hour if that’s feasible – and get out of the car to walk around and stretch.
- Keep hydrated to reduce the risk of inflammation.
For more information, take a look at our driving blog.
Having a relaxing time? Of course you’re entitled to relax ;-). BUT….. as ever, keep in mind the correct posture to sit in and get up every so often so your spine isn’t in the same position for too long.
Enjoying the fresh air Easter is a classic time to get out and about after a period of relative hibernation. Try not to do too much too soon if you haven’t been particularly active: if your back is off-balance there’s a danger that it won’t be able to adequately support you even for the gentlest stroll. See more about looking after your back while walking here.
Before the break, make sure your back is in the best shape it can be by visiting us at Frameworks.
At the end of the day, we wish you a very Happy Easter!