Now that we’re in August and the highest temperatures are setting in, it’s important to be mindful of preventing heat exhaustion and heat stroke. You may have been prescribed exercises for back pain. Or maybe you’re trying to strengthen your body and prevent injuries. These are both great things to do. However, don’t push it. If you’re just starting on a workout routine, ramp up the intensity slowly. This will help prevent overheating as well as keep you from injuring yourself.
One of the most important things you can do while you exercise is to drink water. Always have a water bottle close by as you work out and drink to thirst. Refill as needed. If you’ve been sweating a lot, have a sports drink to replenish your electrolytes. You can also make your own by adding a teaspoon of salt and a tablespoon of sugar to a quart of water.
If an Exercise Routine Doesn’t Help with Back Pain, Ask About EMG/NCS Testing
You also need to pay attention to your body’s signals. In addition to thirst, headaches, cramping, and nausea are all early warning signs of heat illness. Don’t push through to finish your exercises for back pain. Instead, take a break. Cool off by going indoors or at least sitting in the shade. Drink cold water or a sports drink. Take off extra layers of clothing and loosen anything that’s too tight. Elevate your legs if you feel at all dizzy or faint.
Keep in mind that you can get heat illness even in cooler temperatures. This is especially true for someone working out very intensely. Some medications can make you more prone to heat illness, since they increase sensitivity to heat and the sun.
Sometimes back pain won’t go away, even when you’re on a good exercise routine. If your doctor suspects you have a bigger problem, consider EMG/NCS testing. Contact Precision Medical Group to make an appointment.