Parents and sports fans who spend a fair amount of time sitting in the bleachers can be prone to back pain – something that local chiropractor and wellness professional Dr. Peter Martone calls “Bleacher Back.”
In a recent conversation with Patch, Martone said that he’s heard more and more from clients asking about back pain caused from hours of sitting in bleachers, oftentimes at their children’s sporting events or practices. Office workers can also be prone to similar lower back pain from hours of sitting.
“I heard enough where I said, I’ve got to talk about this to people,” said Martone, adding that people can text “BACK” to 77948 to receive some tips on strengthening their lower back.
For now, Martone offers the following advice on maintaining lower back strength and also avoiding joint inflammation that can come from inactivity. He advises people to stay well hydrated and to do crunches to keep the core exercised and strong. When sitting for long periods, it’s advisable to work the stomach muscles by sitting up straight and by tightening them. One product he suggests is a Balance Disc by Body Sport, a blue semi-inflated cushion that helps work the body’s core while sitting. He also suggests a spine adjustment.
Martone lives in Wakefield but has his practice, Atlantis Chiropractic Wellness Centers, currently on Kimball Lane in Lynnfield. At the end of September, he will move his location to Teal Road in Wakefield, off of Audubon Road. The new space will be a larger building with more parking, said Martone, adding that in the longer term his vision for the location is for it to be a fully integrated wellness center.
Along with his upcoming move, Martone’s Better Choices wellness show can be seen on Wakefield Community Access Television. Show topics have included going gluten free and healthy sleep. Overall, he said that these efforts are part of his goal “to make Wakefield the healthiest place to live, one choice at a time.”
For more about Dr. Martone and Atlantis Chiropractice Wellness Center, check out this interview he did with Lynnfield Patch last April.