Park and Ride: Neck Pain Isn’t Amusing

coasterOne of the favorite pastimes of many in warmer months is to go to the local amusement park. Nothing says summer like screaming on a rollercoaster while eating incredibly overpriced deep fried food! These wild rides can really put strain and stress on your neck and spine and can leave you feeling less like you had a day of fun and more like you got beaten up by a professional football team.  Can you avoid neck and back pain and still enjoy the thrills of the amusement park? Read on to find out.

The Problem

You can probably surmise that the problem with roller coasters is the force. Not the Star Wars kind of force, but the kind of force that throws you to and fro. These forces can be difficult on your neck and back. This is the exact reason that these rides have warnings for people with known health problems to avoid the rides.

How to Prevent Injury

If you have a known back or neck problem, you should avoid these rides altogether. If you don’t have this limitation but still want to avoid injury there are some strategies you can employ to try to stay safe and injury-free – and they are all based on the practices of good spine health.

Before you get to the park, take the time to stretch. This will help to loosen your muscles and reduce the risk of spasms brought on by the sudden turns on the rides. Also, make sure to stretch periodically throughout the day.

It’s also really important to make sure you are hydrated. This will help reduce your risk of getting injured as well as help you to feel better the day after the park. If you know that you have pulled something or injured yourself while enjoying a ride, make sure you ice the area in question. This can help to reduce inflammation and can help to manage the pain.

Signs and Symptoms of a Problem

If you suffered an injury at the amusement park it may not be noticeable right away. The pain in your back or neck can take a few hours or a few days for you to notice. Common symptoms of injury include:

  • Dizziness
  • Stiffness
  • Unusual sensations
  • Headache
  • Memory loss in severe cases

These symptoms can last several months if you don’t get treatment as soon as possible. If you have any of these symptoms after enjoying a day at the amusement park you should see your chiropractor as soon as you possibly can.

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