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Banishing Bleacher Butt

Jun 26, 2021 11:50AM ● By Dr. Harley Martinmaas, DC from Balanced Life Chiropractic

By: Dr. Harley Martinmaas, DC from Balanced Life Chiropractic

 With every new sports season comes new challenges but bleacher butt is not something new. It’s time to learn how to get of it.

With summer comes summer sports. Whether you are at the ball field or the soccer field, most likely you will end up sitting on the bleachers at some point. If you’re spending hours on the bleachers for weekend tournaments, you will start to get what we all call bleacher butt! Medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com defines it as “a condition caused by prolonged sitting on hardwood or metal seats of bleachers for sporting events, which compress the gluteal muscles between the pelvic bones and the flat wooden surface resulting in pain and paranesthesia.  The problem with sitting on a bleacher is that it causes your back to be unsupported. Without the support you tend to slouch forward increasing the pull on the low back muscles. No matter the age, sitting for long periods of time can put a lot of strain on the back and butt. Even if you are one of those people that bring a lawn chair, you still are sitting for a long time which can lead to back aches. Here are some great tips to help alleviate the physical cost of spending all weekend watching your kids play.

·         Get up and stretch: No matter what you are doing or where you are, it’s important to get up and stretch or walk around when you have been sitting for a long time.

·         Location, location, location: If you find yourself sitting in the bleachers, choose somewhere near the top or at the bottom try to avoid the middle seats. This way you can stand up during breaks in the action or walk around for a few minutes without obscuring someone else’s view.

·         Bring your own chair: For outdoor events you could simply bring a lawn chair with you to avoid having to sit in the bleachers. You should still get up and walk around from time to time though. For indoor sporting events, there are bleacher pads or bleacher seats your can bring to give you back and butt a break.

No matter what you are doing this summer, be it watching your favorite athlete or sitting around the firepit, get up and get moving. For more stubborn aches and pains that won’t go away, check in with your chiropractor keep your spine moving and healthy.