Whether you’re traveling to areas with pleasant summer temperatures or can use these tips for the upcoming months in Arizona, there are ways that those who suffer from chronic pain can enjoy the outdoors. With just a few adaptations and tips, you can be outdoors and enjoying the fresh air with everyone else!
Tip: Bring your own chair
If you’re going to an event or gathering where you’re not completely sure there will be comfortable seating for you, bring your own chair. There are many types of lightweight, zero gravity chairs that chronic pain sufferers may find comfortable. Sometimes, even a camping chair with back support will be more comfortable than a bench style seat.
Tip: Drink more water than you think you need to
Hydration is extremely important, especially in warm temperatures like those we experience in Arizona. When you become dehydrated, your chronic pain condition can flare, and headaches that occur with dehydration are extremely common. Most advise that if you wait until you get thirsty, you’ve waited too long to drink water. Try infusing your water with berries, citrus, or herbs to improve the taste and enjoy something different.
Tip: Use a pool noodle for decompression
If you’re in the pool or a lake, grab a noodle and place it around your chest, under your arms. In deep water, let your legs dangle for a gentle spinal stretch and decompression. In shallower water, try simply walking in the pool to maintain flexibility and stay moving.
Tip: Plan ahead with medications and food
Lastly, make sure you take enough medication with you for your trip, and maybe even set an alarm to take your medications so that you don’t forget amidst a busy summer schedule. Try to avoid foods that have white flour, sugar, or nitrates, as these can make chronic pain worse. Choose healthy, summery snacks like watermelon, peaches, berries, and green salads with fresh produce.
By thinking through and planning ahead, you can enjoy the last few weeks of the “official” summer and continue to enjoy the outdoors as we move into the cooler months in Arizona. For more information, be sure to talk to your chronic pain specialist at your next appointment.
We take multiple insurance plans; click here to see if we take yours! To make an appointment and take the first step toward getting back into life, call us today at 1-888-PAINCENTER. We hope to see you soon!
The advice and information contained in this article are for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.