Make the most of your summer

When the sun is shining, we like to get outside and be a bit more active. And while this is a good thing in many ways, we can run the risk of exerting ourselves more than we have during the previous few months. However, there are a few things you can do to get the most out of your summer and make sure that you can keep moving and pain-free.

The first thing to remember is to pace yourself – don’t try to cram all of your activity into one weekend. Whether it is gardening, walking, swimming, playing tennis or cricket, or going for a bike ride, start slow and steady and then build up your activity level over time. And remember to warm up before you really get going.

Listed below are some of the common problems experienced during the summer months – and some tips for dealing with them. If you are experiencing problems that are impacting on your summer activities, give us a call on (0117) 330 6820 and one of our therapists will have you back in shape and ready to enjoy the sunshine.

Plantar Fasciitis  Plantar fasciitis is where you have pain on the bottom of your foot, around your heel and arch. Activities such as walking and running can contribute to this condition. However, practising good running technique and doing foot exercises can help to prevent this painful condition.

Aching Feet It’s great to put your boots and shoes away and step into some light and airy sandals, but a sudden change in foot biomechanics can cause problems for your feet, ankles, knees, hips – and even your lower back. Choosing summer footwear with a bit of support can minimise the risk of developing these problems.

Shoulder Problems Some summer sports and activities, such as swimming, tennis and volleyball rely on the strength of the shoulder and the movements involved can be highly repetitive. To avoid problems such as Shoulder Bursitis, keep your activity sessions to a manageable length and vary your technique if your shoulder begins to hurt. For example, change from overhead serving to forehand or backhand shots in tennis.

Knee Pain Physiotherapists often notice an increase in knee pain in the summer, as people come out of winter hibernation and increase their activity. If there is weakness in the quads or glutes, this increased activity can put too much pressure on the knees. Think about how your knees are being impacted by your summer activities and try to build up the muscles that support them to reduce strain.