Read on for what might be an unpopular opinion, but what also might be the difference between having a healthy back or a shoddy spine for St. Patrick's Day.
St. Patrick's Day is the day we all get to be a little bit Irish, right? Some of us might even plan a trip out to Ireland to visit The Blarney Stone (Irish: Cloch na Blarnan). This block of Carboniferous limestone was built into the battlements of Blarney Castle, which is about 8 kilometres (5 miles) away from Cork. Kiss the stone, gain the gift of gab, legend has it.
Bending Over Backwards
But did you know that you literally have to bend over backwards to kiss the Blarney Stone? If you're not properly used to doing that sort of motion -- many of us aren't, as a matter of fact -- you could risk back injury.
Make sure you give yourself a good stretch before performing your Blarney Stone kiss, if you must. Before you venture out to Ireland, engage in some yoga classes, which will increase your flexibility. Incorporate some cardio and core training to make sure you're travel-ready. It's a hike up there, and you have to complete the act by ascending the castle's peak to get to the stone, then bend over backwards over a railing while someone assists you. Proceed with caution.
What if You Hurt Your Back During Your Travels?
That's okay. A UNC School of Medicine study found that 80% of people will suffer a back injury during their lifetime. But it's important you call Barton Chiropractic Clinic immediately. We have treatments and can provide adjustments that will have you back in tip-top shape. Call (708) 922-1400 to schedule your initial consultation today.