Almost everyone looks forward to months of summer, and the staff at King Chiropractic Institute in Potomac, Maryland is no exception. However, it's important to maintain your spinal health during this season, as many health problems can be directly attributed to the central nervous system. Dr L. Neil King, Dr. Kelly Groves, Dr. Mark Alexander and Dr. Andrew Vaky want you to know which summer factors that could cause unwanted back problems.
Lay off the leisure
Vacations, long weekends and the heat of summer might make it easier to give in to vices and laziness, but stay active and resist the temptation to smoke, drink or eat unhealthy foods this summer. Smoking reduces blood flow and alcohol and junk food contributes to weight gain and vitamin deficiencies, all of which can have an impact on your spinal health and more frequent visits to your Potomac chiropractors. You can still have fun, of course, but stay hydrated, eat well, and get a moderate amount of exercise.
Shorten your strolls
Although walking is an excellent way to get exercise while enjoying the outdoors, if you suffer from back problems, you may be compounding the problem by taking long walks this summer. Keep your walks frequent but short, especially if you're walking on hard pavement.
Forget flimsy footwear
Although flip-flops are easy to put on and keep you cool when the pavement gets hot enough to fry an egg on, your Potomac chiropractors caution against making them your primary footwear this summer. Without structural support for your arches and heels, your foot making constant impact with hard surfaces can put a lot of strain on your hips and lower lumbar region. Choose high-quality shoes that fit properly and offer cushioning for the entire foot.
The staff at King Chiropractic Institute of Maryland, with locations in Clarksburg, Gaithersburg, Potomac and Urbana, wish you a very happy and healthy summer! If you have any further questions or would like a chiropractic evaluation, call the office closest to you to set up an appointment.