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Pregnancy Back Pain Relief

From swollen ankles to an aching back, being pregnant comes with all kinds of discomfort. In any trimester, you may benefit from chiropractic care. Getting pregnancy back pain relief is one of the services we offer our patients. Let’s start off with a visual example.

This is what it looks like to get adjusted by a chiropractor when you’re pregnant. The video shows a patient who was 34 weeks along in her pregnancy. You can see her experience and an immediate relief from neck and back pain. Click here for a direct link to that video and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more chiropractic examples and an idea of what we do for our patients every day!

That video illustrates how valuable chiropractic care can be during pregnancy. If you are pregnant and in pain in Friendswood, TX, we are here to help you! Let’s dive deeper into the hows and whys of visiting the chiropractor during pregnancy.

Chiropractic Care When Pregnant

There are a few different reasons you experience back pain while pregnant. While it may seem obvious to a pregnant woman, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists delineates the following reasons for pregnancy back pain:

  • The weight of your uterus (which causes you to bend forward and your back muscles to compensate)
  • Weakened abdominal muscles
  • Loosened joints around the pelvis (this can lead to hypermobility and various kinds of pain)

Long-term studies have been conducted on women who receive chiropractic care when pregnant. These studies report a decrease in pain for women who receive manual chiropractic therapy, like the kind we offer at Select Spine & Sports Medicine. 

There are numerous kinds of pain that can be offset by chiropractic care during pregnancy. According to the American Chiropractic Association, there are five basic kinds of pain common to pregnant women that can be helped with chiropractic care. These include:

  1. Lower back pain: this is due to stress on the lumbar, or lower spine, as well as shifted gravity. Tight muscles and changes in your gait can make this pain more severe. Frequently, this pain continues even after the baby is born. Click here to read more about chiropractic care for lower back pain.
  2. Sciatic pain: tension in the glutes and hips can contribute to this kind of pain. As pressure on the uterus increases, so can lower back pain that extends down into the legs.
  3. Sacroiliac pain: in preparation for childbirth, your ligaments loosen. This can destabilize weight distribution in your body and cause pressure on your joints. You may interpret this as pain in your hips.
  4. Ligament pain: round ligaments around the uterus stretch out as your baby grows. This can cause sharp pains on either side of your stomach and into your pelvis.
  5. Pubic pain: pubic symphysis is a pain that happens as the ligaments around your pubic region relax. When you’re pregnant, this can cause a decrease in mobility and throbbing pain in your pubic area.

Many pregnant women seek relief from these conditions. Chiropractic care can help.

Hire a Chiropractor During Pregnancy

Women expect that pregnancy will be uncomfortable. Some women suffer more than they have to. The general pain and fatigue of pregnancy can be offset by regular, chiropractic care. Women have a lot of questions about chiropractic care for pregnancy back pain relief, let’s address those basic questions.

Pregnancy back pain relief

1. Is it safe? 

Answer: Yes. Medical journals report that chiropractic treatment during pregnancy is safe and can be effective.

2. Does it work? 

Answer: Yes. Both anecdotal and medical evidence point to chiropractic care as being a helpful, side-effect free method of managing back pain during pregnancy. Additionally, some women report that it helps with nausea and reduces labor time.

3. Do I need it?

Answer: it could be very helpful to you. It can help with posture, changes in your pelvis, alignment, and overall comfort. Regular adjustments may be required as your body is constantly changing during pregnancy.

4. How do I schedule it?

Answer: Our professional chiropractors are experienced and equipped to perform adjustments during pregnancy. As you saw in the video, we work with many pregnant patients. Pregnancy back pain can be addressed through regular care. You can get in touch with us in many ways:

  • Go here to schedule your appointment online.
  • Go here for hours, address, phone number, and contact us for more information.

We would love to contribute to your healthy pregnancy!

Chiropractic: What Should I Expect From A Good Chiropractor?

Far too often in today’s healthcare system, patients are being let down by their healthcare providers and Chiropractic is no different. As the patient, you deserve to be guided back to health appropriately and efficiently. Too many injured and ailing people are not being thoroughly evaluated, therefore not receiving appropriate conservative care, nor are they given a game plan to prevent the pain or injury from returning in the future.  There are many types of ailments and illnesses, but for the purpose of this article we will be discussing musculo-skeletal pain and injuries.

There are 3 fundamental aspects of care you deserve as the patient:

  1. Comprehensive Evaluation and Assessment
  2. Conservative Treatment Options
  3. Prevention Training
Chiropractic Treatment Options

Comprehensive Evaluation and Assessment

Too often we hear of patients who received chiropractic care and did not receive any form of consultation to discuss their pain, nor an exam to determine a diagnosis. They were simply ushered into a room, asked where it hurts and treated. Another scenario is a patient presents to their primary care physician or specialist and they are given a proper history and consultation, but a very low-level musculoskeletal exam. Many times, the doctor doesn’t assess the muscle tissue, joint function and/or the movement of the patient. There may be a few orthopedic tests, a referral diagnostic imaging, a suggestion of rest and finally prescribe you some medication to help “manage” your condition.

As a patient it is important to understand what you should expect from a comprehensive evaluation and assessment. Your evaluation and assessment should provide you with a working diagnosis and the potential indirect causes of the pain or injury. The diagnosis should be specific and clearly communicated.

In order to determine an appropriate working diagnosis a comprehensive evaluation should include, but is not limited to:

  • A thorough History & Consultation
  • Functional Assessment: Assessing weakness, tightness, faulty movement patterns.
  • Orthopedic Exams, Range Of Motion, Neurological testing as needed.
  • Muscle and Joint Palpation/Testing.
  • Gait Analysis (if necessary)

When a thorough evaluation and assessment is performed it provides the doctor with the information required to determine the appropriate course of care. This allows for an informed decision regarding which conservative treatment options would be best suited for your individual case.

Conservative Treatment Options

Everyone deserves to have a comprehensive, hands-on approach to their pain or injury. Most patients respond best to a specific combination of therapies. This may include muscle therapy, joint manipulation, rehab exercises, and advice on how to train and prevent further injury. You may not need both muscle therapy and chiropractic joint manipulation for all pain or injuries, but many will optimally benefit from all four approaches above.

Conservative treatment should not be a “one size fits all” approach. With multiple therapies available, each targeting a different tissue, it is important that your care plan is individualized based on the findings from your comprehensive assessment.

Prevention Training

There is nothing more frustrating than the return of the pain or injury. There are many potential factors that can contribute to re-aggravation of your injury or symptoms. These include; over-use strain from work, life or sport, not following the prescribed exercises, or the lack of injury prevention training from your healthcare provider. As an informed patient, these are a sample of some prevention options you should expect instructions on.

  • Activities of Daily Living Advice: Many activities we do in our daily life cause physical strain when performed improperly.  
  • Return to Work/Sport Advice: Proper time frame for return and potential modifications.  
  • Body Awareness and Preparation: Proper lifting, bending, posture, etc.
  • Corrective Exercises: Core or joint stability exercises.
  • Desk Ergonomics Tips: Helping position your work area for success.  
  • Proper Equipment recommendations: Proper running shoes for a runner.
  • Skills/Technique Training: Golf swing technique from a teaching professional.

To summarize, there are many potential shortcomings when seeking chiropractic care for musculoskeletal pain or injury. The first step is being an informed patient, and understanding what quality care entails. I have outlined some key points that you, as an informed patient, should come to expect from your provider when seeking treatment for a musculoskeletal condition.

  • A comprehensive assessment including but not limited to a thorough history, a functional movement assessment, palpation (assessing by hand) of the joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments
  • An exam that assesses the body as a whole in order to determine the cause, and does not only focus on the point of pain. For example, many times a patient with low back pain has hip range-of-motion and mid-back mobility issues that have led to the low back being over-worked.
  • A specific working diagnosis based off of the comprehensive exam.
  • All conservative treatment options should be explained and discussed, offering you a chance to ask any questions you might have and provide clarity regarding your plan.
  • You should expect to receive advice regarding preventative care for your injury, so once you are out of pain, you can avoid re-injury or aggravations.  

If you are looking for chiropractic care in the Friendswood, TX area, one of our doctors would be happy to give you a full consultation and exam, explain your diagnosis, discuss your treatment options and begin the healing process with you.

If you are read, give us a call at 281-993-2122 or schedule online today!

Truth: Why Doctors Don’t Like Chiropractors

Chiropractors

It’s embedded in their roots . . .

But I would say some Chiropractors are improving their relationships with Medical Doctors, as of recent. Historically, the medical associations have demonstrated resentment to any other community treating the ill.  So first and foremost, it started out as a turf war.  Secondarily, Medical Doctors don’t really understand what Chiropractors do, as they were not trained in spinal manipulation techniques.  Usually, the only information they receive about Chiropractors is a one sided opinion from patients who did not have success with Chiropractic treatment.  Think of it like this, if 100 people went to a Chiropractor for lower back pain and 90 of them got better, but the 10 who didn’t get better went to the surgeon and told him, “I wen to a Chiropractor and didn’t get better!”, what is the surgeon hearing?  A one sided story, because he never heard from the 90 who did get better and avoided his office all together.  Now, as with any profession, there are certainly some bad apples among the Chiropractors.  But, when someone, including Medical Doctor hears a story about a bad Chiropractor, all of the Chiropractors get lumped into the same bunch. Then, there’s that age old saying, once you go to a Chiropractor, they want you to come back forever! Ugh!  That’s another topic, you can learn more about here.

Finally, many Chiropractors overstep their boundaries.  Some make false claims of treating symptoms and diseases there is no evidence to support, as well as preaching anti-medicine beliefs to patients.  Medical Doctors don’t take kindly to other healthcare professionals telling patients they don’t need to see their doctor anymore and not to take their prescribed medications.

But, I have some great news for you!

The true story is, not all Chiropractors are the same.  And some, like the Chiropractors at our office, actually have a working relationship with many Medical Doctors within the community.  That’s right, Medical Doctors like our Chiropractors and they refer patients here to get better!  How and why does this happen?  Because there are good Chiropractors that are looking to change the field of Chiropractic for the better.  Honestly, there is no turf war.  Medical Doctors are at the forefront of healthcare and have a broad scope of practice.  However, when it comes to musculo-skeletal conditions, like neck and back pain, the entire healthcare community knows (and many research articles have proven), movement is medicine.  Medication is okay for short term relief, but patients need to move, stretch and strengthen the proper areas to have the opportunity for a full recovery.

Also, some patients are not well suited for medications that may be indicated for pain.  For example, patients who have high blood pressure, previous heart attack, stomach or intestinal ulcer, pregnancy, and those who make a habit of drinking alcohol should not be prescribed to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen due to potentially harmful side effects.  Also, when taking muscle relaxers, individuals are advised to not operate heavy machinery or drive automobiles.  Many people cannot adhere to these restrictions due to daily responsibilities like work or taking care of children.  For these people, taking a drug free approach to managing pain is a much better option.  In fact, there is a significant amount of research that states spinal manipulation is safe and effective for neck and back pain, and even more research that states manipulation along with a home exercise program is just as good or better for long term effectiveness in reducing back and neck pain when compared to using medications alone.

The best part of all, and to put an end to an old rumor, at Select Spine & Sports Medicine, we don’t want you to come back forever! In fact, we want to get you better as quickly as possible and get you back to your normal life!

When most patients and doctors think of Chiropractors, they think getting their “back popped” or what we call spinal manipulation.

Spinal manipulation creates movement in the facet joints of the spine, which helps decrease pain as well as helps to restore motion and function to the spinal joints.  However, that is not the only treatment option our profession is limited to.  At Select Spine & Sports Medicine, not only is that not all we do, our office has a full list or conservative treatment methods including:

Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy for individuals with herniated discs;

Electrical muscle stimulation to help relieve pain, inflammation and muscle spasm;

Massage to reduce pain from tension and tight muscles;

Physical medicine and rehabilitation to help restore flexibility, strength and function to an injured joint or muscle;

Low level laser therapy to reduce pain and inflammation; and

Kinesiology taping methods to help support injured areas during their recovery.

Using these techniques, we have found a great amount of success in treating an array of different musculo-skeletal conditions like neck pain, back pain, herniated discs, sciatica, whiplash, sports injuries, shoulder injuries, tennis elbow, carpel tunnel syndrome, hip pain, knee pain, IT band syndrome, patella tendonitis, ankle sprains and much more.

If you are in need of a Chiropractor in Friendswood (Houston area), Select Spine & Sports Medicine is here to help! We are located at:

1100 S. Friendswood Dr. Ste B

Friendswood, TX 77546 P: 281-993-2122

IT Band Syndrome Treated By Chiropractor In Friendswood

it band syndrome

IT band syndrome is a very common injury among runners and is often treated by a Chiropractor in Friendswood. If it is diagnosed early and treatment commences immediately the chances of it becoming a chronic condition are reduced. It responds very well to chiropractic since it involves the pelvis and related muscles. When pelvic mechanics are not functioning properly the muscle don’t work efficiently which hinders flexibility and mobility. This can lead to tight muscles which may inhibit motion and cause pain. Chiropractic adjustments have been proven to help with the condition.

What is the Iliotibial Band?

The Iliotibial Band, or fasciae latae, is the outer casing of muscle that extends along the outer thigh, from the top of the hip to the outside of the knee. Iliotibial band syndrome occurs when that casing becomes thickened. It is flexed or tight when you stand; it is what keeps your let straight, allowing the larger thigh muscle to rest.

There are two primary muscles that are involved in iliotibial band syndrome, the buttock muscle, or gluteus maximus, and the tensor fasciae latae muscles. Sometimes Iliotibial Band Syndrome is referred to Tensor Fasciae Latae Syndrome and the two terms can be used interchangeably.

Iliotibial Band Syndrome Defined

As the iliotibial band thickens it pulls in the area where it connects to the knee. This results in knee pain due to the application of too much pressure on the bursa. The bursa then becomes swollen, inflamed, and painful. During activity, such as running on an incline, the glutes are heavily involved.

The other end of the iliotibial band is inserted at the glutes so as the band tightens from this activity, it can trigger iliotibial band syndrome pain. Repeated activity further aggravates it, as does running on tight indoor tracks or uneven roads as well as having collapsed arches or running it inferior or worn out running shoes.

Symptoms of Iliotibial Band Syndrome

There are several symptoms that can be used to diagnose iliotibial band syndrome. Lateral knee pain (pain on the outside of the knee) is a primary symptom and often used as a key diagnostic tool. Few conditions involve lateral knee pain. Other symptoms include:

  • Pain that worsens after running, particularly after running on an incline, climbing stairs, or climbing hills
  • There may not be any pain until you do something that aggravates it like climbing a hill.
  • The pain may not begin until you are mid-way through a run.
  • The pain can be intense and debilitating.
  • It can accompany a snapping hip, which occurs when the muscles that cross the outer hip may click or snap while running or walking.
  • The pain may be present along the lateral thigh without incorporating the knee, but it is only in very rare instances that it is concentrated on the gluteal or hip muscles.

Iliotibial band syndrome is often attributed to over training. This can mean suddenly increasing hill repeats or doubling your mileage.

Treatments for Iliotibial Band Syndrome

If your iliotibial band syndrome is caused by a problem with pelvic function, relieving the pain from the condition can be difficult. Stretching is not likely to bring relief – and if it does it won’t last long. If the pain from iliotibial band syndrome lasts for more than two weeks even if you are only stretching, your regular exercise routine, and ice and you don’t see much improvement, a chiropractor can help.

Even if the pain is located in the knee, the problem could originate in the pelvis. A chiropractor can assess your condition, check to see that your pelvis is functioning properly. If it isn’t, spinal adjustments and other chiropractic treatments can bring the body back into alignment and make the pelvis more functional.

Top 4 Benefits Of Stretching

Most people stretch and hardly pay any attention to it. Throughout the day a person may stretch upon waking or after they’ve been sitting in the same position for a while. They might do some stretches before working out or as part of physical therapy. Stretching often makes us feel better but it might be surprising to discover that it is actually beneficial to optimal body function.

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Is Walking Good For Back Pain?

chiropractor-friendswood-walkingHave you ever asked yourself, “Is walking good for back pain?”

When you walk, more than 200 individual muscles spring into action which includes all of the muscles in your spine and pelvic area. There’s no denying that walking is good for you and very beneficial to overall health. It is also very effective for spinal health. In most cases, walking is an excellent complement to chiropractic care. Here are 5 good reasons for chiropractic patients to get moving.

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Why Hydration Is Important to Spinal Health

Herniated disc repair friendswoodThere is no denying that a healthy diet is integral to overall wellness and staying hydrated is absolutely vital. Every organ, every cell in your body contains water. In fact, when you don’t drink enough water and keep your body properly hydrated, it does not function as it should.

The health of your spine and back depends heavily on whether you are properly hydrated. In fact, if you don’t drink enough water – plain, pure water – it could affect your back, causing pain and limiting mobility.

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8 Wonderful Ways A Healthy Diet Benefits Your Life

It’s hard to turn on the television or cruise the internet without being bombarded with headlines about “Americans don’t sleep enough” or “one third of adults are obese.”

While stress, heredity, and smoking are all factors that play into a person’s well being, one of the biggest is a healthy diet. Choosing to eat healthy benefits the body in a number of key areas. Still gobbling up the pizza and slurping down the diet soda, unconvinced? See if these eight points about a healthy diet change your mind.

1. Strengthens and improves muscle function

Healthy muscles carry us where we want to go. The right foods, along with proper exercise, build and maintain muscle mass, maintaining strength and mobility.

2. Promotes a longer life

Feeding your body what it needs can add years to your life. Reducing stress is one way to promote health, and a healthy diet is another. Foods rich in minerals and vitamins build up every cell in your body, preparing it to fight illness and stay alive longer.

3. Enables richer years

An individual who is healthy maintains a higher level of physical activity and brain function than their less healthy peers. A stronger body provides a richer life with more unique experiences.

4. Makes you prettier

If you won’t eat healthy for your insides, maybe a better outside will motivate some dietary changes. We all want to be physically attractive. Healthy foods contribute to clear skin and shiny hair that no amount of high priced beauty products provides. Fueling the body with rich omega fatty and other healthy foods nourishes skin, hair, and nails.

5. Makes you smarter

Research shows certain dietary choices power up your brain to function at a higher level, and help everyday brain function. Introducing “brain foods” into your diet aid with memory retention and problem solving skills.

This is one of the best reasons to commit to a healthy diet of vitamin-rich foods, as a healthy brain allows a much more active and independent lifestyle, from working longer to being able to drive.

6. Decreases your injury risk

A high-functioning body with strong bones and muscles maintains balance, handles heavy loads, and holds up under stress better than its weaker counterparts. Muscles and bones lacking calcium and protein over time grow weaker.

This, unfortunately, causes the body to be less stable and more prone to injury. Falls, slips, and twists end up with more serious injuries if a person’s body isn’t strong and healthy.

7. Fights bad genes

If you are already worried about the cancer that runs on mom’s side or the heart attack risk that runs on dad’s side, take heart. While you can’t change your DNA, you can use a healthy diet to combat some of your genetic disposition to disease.

Ingraining a healthy diet into your life, as well as exercise and regular doctor checkups, helps minimize the risk of falling victim to your family’s predisposed illnesses.

If you end up with an illness, whether or not from heredity, a healthy diet….

8. Prepares you to fight illness

A nutrient-rich diet boosts a person’s immune system to be able to fight off infection and illness. When a person falls victim to a disease or other medical condition, their diet helps them fight it off so it hopefully doesn’t get worse and is cured quickly.

A healthy diet is integral to a long, happy life. Deciding to eat healthy and maintain that commitment consistently may seem like a big change in lifestyle at first, but it will benefit you and your loved ones in ways that are practically immeasurable.

Why You Should Stay Hydrated and Six Easy Ways to Do It

Summer fun means outside activities in the warm sun, from strenuous pursuits like biking, hiking, and volleyball-playing, to more leisurely enjoyments like sunbathing on a float. No matter how you plan to enjoy the steamy summer months, maintaining hydration should be right up there with sunscreen on your list of important hot weather priorities.

Dehydration is a condition that ranges from mild to serious, and can happen quicker than you think. Right Diagnosis defines dehydration as “an abnormal condition in which the body’s cells are deprived of an adequate amount of water.” One of the main situations factoring into a person becoming dehydrated is heat.

Think you drink enough water and don’t need to worry about dehydration? Consider these points:

  • The ability to recognize thirst diminishes in individuals in their late 30’s or older.
  • A person’s body is made up of roughly 70% water.
  • When you lose 2% of the body’s water content, you are considered dehydrated.

Dehydration symptoms range from unpleasant confusion, muscle weakness, and fatigue to extremely dangerous ones like seizures, kidney failure, and death. The good news is that staying hydrated in the first place is relatively easy if you take a few precautions up front.

#1: Drink plenty of water

Make it a habit of carrying water with you during the summer months, and sipping on it throughout the day, especially if you are planning on outside activities. Invest in a couple of BPA-free water bottles for yourself and your family to tote with them on their summer adventures.

Not a big fan of plain water? Try adding lemon, cucumber, and mint sprigs to liven it up! Mix up in a big pitcher the night before so the flavor has time to penetrate. Another option is flavor packets, which are individual packets of flavors like green tea, watermelon, and peach.

#2: Eat the right foods

Liquids aren’t the only way your body gets water. Avoid dehydration by eating foods with a high water content.

Choices like celery, watermelon, cucumbers, carrots, and citrus fruits all offer exceptional hydrating ability. Pack these as snacks for the pool or beach, or to enjoy before and after an outdoor workout.

#3: Steer clear of certain drinks

As yummy and refreshing as an icy beer or frosty margarita tastes, alcohol can contribute to dehydration. If you decide to indulge, limit yourself to one or two, and drink a large glass of water along with your beverage to counteract the alcohol’s effects.

#4: Avoid overexertion

Exercise is a wonderfully healthy pursuit; however, keep an eye on the temperature. If it is going to be exceptionally hot and humid, choose to exercise either early in the morning, or after sunset, when temperatures are lower and the sun isn’t beaming.

#5: Wear proper attire

Dress in light, airy clothing in fabrics that breathe. Protect your head with a cap or hat that shades your face. Avoid black clothing, which tends to absorb the sun and make you hotter.

#6: Be prepared

Extreme heat makes everyday issues like a flat tire or dead battery life-threatening. Visit a mechanic to confirm your vehicle is in good shape to lessen the chances of getting stranded. Carry extra water or sports drinks in your vehicle, and keep your cell phone charged. If your car breaks down, either stay in your car to wait for help, or stand in the grass instead of on the sizzling pavement.

Staying hydrated is essential for good health all the time, and during the summer in particular. Implement these easy tips into your daily routine so you and your family maintain hydration and enjoy hot weather outdoor fun.

Ready! Set! Splash! Six Bright Tips to Help Stay Safe At the Pool this Summer

safety around poolsSchool is almost out, and the pool awaits beckoning. Long, sunny days, the smell of sunscreen, and the laughter of the playing children will fill the next few months.

However, there are elements of this delightful picture that can end up causing harm to children and adults alike. It’s important to take a few key precautions when enjoying a day at the pool this summer. Doing so will minimize the risk of the summer laughter turning to tears.

Here are six bright ways for adults and children to stay safe at the pool this summer.

#1: Enroll in swimming lessons

Playing in the water is a fun, refreshing activity, but can turn dangerous quickly. According to the Red Cross, the single biggest precaution to take to ensure summer safety is to make sure your children are able to swim. Book age appropriate swimming lessons for your children as young as possible.

#2: Avoid spills with water shoes or rough bottom sandals

Nothing brings a playful pool day to a screeching halt like a slip and fall on the side of the pool. This goes for you, too, Mom and Dad!

Bare feet offer no traction on wet and slick concrete, and falling can cause serious accidents that require stitches, casts, and, even chiropractic visits! Make it a rule to wear water shoes or sandals around the pool at all times.

#3: Take measures to fight off swimmer’s ear

Swimmer’s ear is a common condition that is brought on by water remaining in the ear canal, allowing germs to grow. Yuk!

The CDC reports that this condition results in an astonishing 2.4 million doctor visits every year. Guard against this by teaching your children to tilt each side of their heads toward the ground to drain their ears, and to dry their ears thoroughly with a towel every time they get out of the pool.

If you or one of your little swimmers experience ear pain after a pool day, take them to the doctor as soon as possible to begin treatment.

#4: Beware of little critters

Hot days and bare skin are too much temptation for bees, mosquitoes, and ticks. Bites from these creatures range from itchy to extremely serious. Ward them off with bug spray, or sunscreen with insect repellent.

Ticks in particular are dangerous. If you or your child gets bitten by a tick, remove it promptly and clean the area thoroughly.

#5: Be cautious of overdoing it

A day at the pool can be a blast for the young ones, but wagging the cooler and lawn chairs back and forth to the pool can exhaust an adult, causing injury. Remember to lift heavy items with your legs, and don’t overload yourself. An extra trip to the car is worth it to avoid a neck or back strain.

#6: Prepare for disaster

Okay, that is a little melodramatic, but it pays to be prepared in the event of an emergency. Pack a small kit with alcohol, tweezers, bug bite cream, and bandages. Keep the kit in your car or pool bag. Better safe than sorry.

Pool days are a big part of the hot summer months, and are usually lazy and enjoyable. Keep them that way by taking these six tips to heart and talking to your children about the pool rules. With a little preparation up front, the chance of fun-dampening or dangerous instances happening to your family will be greatly minimized.