Any way you put it, scuba diving is one of the most pleasurable activities you can undertake in the water. At the same time, though, being in good shape for scuba diving requires solving some intrinsic problems like ensuring your back is solid enough to bear the weight of all the gear. This may need some treatment at a practice that offers multiple solutions.
The proximity of Bergen County to the Hudson packs countless opportunities to chase the depths, with several outlets along the coast line offering scuba certification programs. When the tension of scuba diving triggers uncomfortable levels of back pain, consult professionals who can advise you on the proper solutions, like those from the MedWell Spine, OsteoArthritis & Neuropathy Center.
Since scuba diving typically means wearing a special weighted vest with the oxygen tank at the back, divers may face the problem of back pain. An article on ScubaDiving.com warns that carrying the tanks themselves present the danger of back injury as you can only hold them on one handle. This may even be worse when that tank is one of the larger aluminum 80-cubic-inch models.
In an article for Healthline, Dr. Jolie Bookspan warned that attempts to swim horizontally causes the back to overarch in a way akin to lying prone “on a hammock,” triggering a condition called hyperlodosis, which pinches away at the spine’s joints for long-term damage. This is often misdiagnosed as other joint-based ailments like arthritis.
What to Do
A preferred MedWell physician in Ridgewood, NJ and elsewhere can analyze your back through non-invasive methods. From here, your options may include several exercises designed to relieve pressure on your back. The kneeling back arch, for example, is designed to recurve your spine forward and allow the hamstring and hips to stretch. Wall slides can benefit back, hip and leg muscles.
Tumbling backwards over the gunwale during the entry may help the equipment absorb the shock of the impact instead of your back but what happens when you try to reboard the boat? It is often advised that you make the climb slowly as to bear with the shifting weight of the boat and the waves.
A bad back can lead to more serious disorders later on, even when embarking on a new dive. Consult your doctor today.
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