By Krystal W. Chambers, MD
Spring is here, and it’s a great time to get out and enjoy all the beauty Georgia has to offer. Whether heading to a nearby park, the mountains or the beach, spending time with family and loved ones making memories is good for the soul. However, for those suffering from neck or back pain, it can take the fun out of your day. Here are some tips to help you enjoy your picnic and reduce your risk of neck and back pain.
Choose the Right Spot
Try to find a flat spot that is an easy walk or gentle hike from your car. Pick a place with trees for shade and an area with a wonderful view that adds to the enjoyment of your outing. My favorite place for a picnic is at an outdoor jazz concert.
Do You Have To Use a Picnic Basket?
The right picnic basket may just be a picnic backpack. Most have an insulated, waterproof compartment; a section that holds plates, silverware and glasses; pockets for wine or the beverage of your choice; and space for a blanket to enjoy your picnic on. When you use both straps, it allows you to carry the weight evenly, thus protecting your neck and back.
You can protect your neck and back during your picnic by choosing food that’s lightweight and easy to transport. My favorites include finger sandwiches; cheese; fresh, seasonal fruit; and personal-sized desserts.
Activities During Your Picnic
Sometimes a picnic is just a relaxing day to enjoy the peace and quiet and spend time with those you love. If you have kids, you may be bringing along a Frisbee or ball so they can play and work off their energy.
Enjoying the outdoors and togetherness during a picnic is just one of the things I love about living in Georgia. I hope these tips have pointed you in the right direction so you can enjoy a picnic with your loved ones.
Krystal W. Chambers, MD, received her medical degree from Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. She completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and her Fellowship in Selective Spinal Injections and Non-operative Spine Care at Georgia Pain Physicians, P.C. in Marietta, Georgia. Dr. Chambers is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and currently serves as the Co-Medical Director of Resurgens Spine Center. Additionally, she is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Medicine. Dr. Chambers practices at the Resurgens St. Joseph’s/ Sandy Springs location.
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