So you’re thinking of going to the beach? Good! It’s an awesome idea. But before you book your vacation ticket, there are a few things you need to get right if you’ve got chronic pain and want to handle a trip successfully.
I love the beach and it’s a passion that I share with my whole family (which explains why my name is Marina). However, from when I was diagnosed with CRPS 10 years ago and was left wheelchair-bound – even I had to question whether a beach holiday was worth the hassle.
The thought of dragging a wheelchair through the sand or needing to leave the minute I arrived because I was too hot, tired or sore – it put me off the idea altogether.
However, this wasn’t a long term solution. I wasn’t ready to give up my favourite place in the world. And if you enjoy the beach too – you should not give it up either.
There are just a few adjustments you’re going to have to make for it to be an enjoyable experience. To handle chronic pain and the beach you need to:
- Choose your destination carefully;
- Pack for the day wisely;
- Be realistic about your itinerary;
- Make your trip as comfortable as possible;
- Go with someone you trust;
- Get into the water if you can; and
- Use the time to rest.
Now I’m going to show you exactly how to do this with as many tips and tricks as possible.