5 Tips for Surviving the Aches and Pains of Mardi Gras

Avoid Mardi Gras aches and painsWe’ve talked about float riders preparing for the ride of their life in Mardi Gras parades, but what about those of us in the crowd?

While great fun is usually had by all, attending parades can leave lots of aches and pains. These aches and pains are in addition to the headaches and hangovers afflicting many parade-goers. The most common pains we see after Mardi Gras are plantar fasciitis, low back pain, and neck pain.

To avoid these problems try these 5 simple tips:

  1. Lower back pain: Lower back pain often accompanies prolonged standing. Always bring a portable lawn chair with you. Take every opportunity to sit down. While sitting, stretch your low back by forward bending. Reach for the floor with your hands so as to completely round out your back. Hold the stretch for 20 seconds.
  2. Compression socks: Compression socks help your circulation and will leave the feet feeling much better. Any athletic store should have a selection of compression socks, but in reality almost any kind of long athletic sock would do. Get a pair of colored baseball socks and make it part of your costume.
  3. Beads: While they look cool and are the ultimate reward for all of your effort, tons of beads around the neck usually leads to pain. Pick the best of the best, and limit the bead necklaces to 6.
  4. Ladder standing: Widen the step you stand on so your whole foot rests on the step. This can easily be done at the hardware store, or with a little handiwork around the house.
  5. Shoulder riding: Proceed at your own risk! Make sure to check the size of the back end getting on top before agreeing to it. If already committed, make sure the rider sits back across your shoulders and not on your neck. Good Luck!

I hope these tips help you enjoy Mardi Gras PAIN FREE!

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Happy Mardi Gras!!

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