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See Your Chiropractor When Hiking Leaves You Pained

By Stephen R. Farris

Has life in the big city got you feeling a little trapped? The fast-paced hustle and bustle of commuting to work or school, dealing with large crowds, cramped work quarters, and let's not even get started on traffic.

City life can leave you not only drained physically, but mentally as well. It might be time to take some much needed vacation and escape from the metropolis. 

If you're into working out, or thinking about it to help relieve your stress, then you might consider taking a trip to a national park and going for a hike in the outdoors.

Hiking is not only relaxing for the mind, but good exercise for the body. If you're planning to take a hiking trip, there are a few things to consider before trekking out on the trails.

Are You Endurance Ready?

First of all, are you endurance ready for hiking long distances? Not many of us are, but you can take steps to ensure you're ready for that 10-mile hike or one that's ten times that. Allow yourself plenty of time to prepare (weeks or months) before hitting the trails. Start out by spending 10 to 20 minutes each day walking and building up your endurance. You can add more time the more comfortable you feel.

A Few Things You Should Do

Once you're on your trip and preparing for a great hike, there are a few things you should do to prep. First, dress appropriately for the weather and apply sunscreen. Even on cloudy days, those UV rays can be worse than they are on sunny days. Second, protect your feet, legs, and ankles from ticks and fleas. The worse thing you want is to come down with a case of Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever as these can become very serious. Third thing is to make sure you carry plenty of water to stay hydrated.

Proper Footwear

Before hiking, you should make sure the shoes or boots you plan to wear will help provide comfort and support for your feet and ankles.

If you're feeling pain in your feet, ankles, legs, hips and lower back region a licensed doctor of chiropractic medicine, such as the ones found at The Joint Chiropractic can help give you relief. With their hands-on, gentle, all-natural, noninvasive, and non-addictive treatment, you'll wonder why you didn't get pain relief help sooner. Especially after a long workout or day of hiking!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Casa Grande, Ariz.

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