The sounds of Mardi Gras mambo fill the air as colors of purple, green, and gold spread across every corner in southern Louisiana. Carnival season is about to kick into full gear, and Mardi Gras celebrations are in full effect! To make it through Carnival season pain free, it is smart to pace yourself, stay hydrated, and wear comfortable shoes out to the route and to all of your Mardi Gras festivities. Here are a few simple tips to help you avoid the post Mardi Gras struggle, which can include increased pain!
Carrying Coolers: You may have filled that gigantic cooler by yourself, but that doesn’t mean you should lift it on your own. A bulging or herniated disc due to improper lifting could be the end of your Mardi Gras fun. Purchase a cooler on wheels for an easier walk to the parade route. But if you don’t have time to get a cooler on wheels or a wagon for easy transportation grab a few friends to help with the heavy items, like coolers, strollers, chairs and even children.
Prolonged Standing: Bring a portable sturdy lumbar roll and lawn chair with you. Take every opportunity to sit down to avoid lower back pain.
Wearing High Heels: If you’re attending a Mardi Gras ball and choose to wear high heels remember the following:
– Avoid wearing your heels for a long period of time
– Stretch leg muscles before and after putting on your heels
– Try and set your heel limit to two inches
Beads: Dangling proudly around your neck, beads are the ultimate reward for all of your effort. However, piling bead upon bead around your neck will result in some seriously sore neck muscles. Our advice: pick the best of your catch and limit the beads around your neck to avoid unwanted muscle strains and pains.
Kids on Shoulders: Proceed at your own risk! Be wary of the child’s weight and your ability to safely hold that weight. Preferably, use a Mardi Gras ladder seat for the kids rather than putting a child on your shoulders. If you decide to place a child on your shoulders, be sure the child sits across your shoulders and doesn’t lean on your neck.
Everyone wants to enjoy Mardi Gras free of pain, but if you get caught up enjoying the festivities and find yourself in pain, contact Louisiana Pain Specialists so we can get you back celebrating with loved ones!
Happy Mardi Gras, y'all!