This upcoming Sunday is one of Buffalo’s biggest festivities - The St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Celebrating the heritage of Buffalo’s Irish Community, the parade day is very popular for parties, a lot of food and drinking and standing or walking along the parade route. The doctors at BC + PT decided to get together for some advice to all those planning on joining in on the parade day festivities!
These boots are made for walking- and standing!
If you plan on standing to watch the parade, or if you are walking the parade route as part of one of the floats, you should take into account your footwear. The proper shoes can really help you support your back, with supportive soles and that feel comfortable. Wearing the wrong pair of shoes can cause a lot of pain to your low back and legs, so finding the right footwear is the best way to protect yourself against pain later.
Whether you are planning on walking or standing for St. Patrick’s day, giving your muscles a break to do a little stretch or warm up before the parade can really help make sure that your body is ready for the task ahead. For some examples of exercises to try before the parade for your back, you can always check out the Patient Resources section on our website - We are all about trying to provide the best care and open communication to our community!
If you are over the age of 21, then parade day is usually a big day for consuming alcohol. While you’re enjoying a green beer and whooping it up with other Buffalonians, Irish or not, it is also really important to stay hydrated. If you don't have access to a water source, especially on the parade route, make sure you bring a water bottle with you so you won’t get dehydrated!
If you have pre-existing pain or are getting a little older, we do always recommend going to a chiropractor before spending a few hours standing or walking during the parade. Any joint restrictions should be removed so you have your full range of motion and better flexibility to make it through the full event. If you want to get in for an appointment, you can always give us a call or fill out this form to get started and be prepared for the festivities!
Buffalo, we really hope that you stay safe and have the most amazing time at the parade! We look forward to hearing all about your St. Patrick’s Day adventures at your next appointment!