4 Tips to Camp Without Back Pain
By Virginia Laird
With spring finally in full swing, many begin to find ways to spend quality time outside. A great family activity for the outdoors is a camping trip. For many this sounds chaotic, but there is much to be excited about. Camping offers a great way to turn off the electronics and interact with the rest of the family while enjoying nature and all its beauty. While this outdoor adventure can be fun, there are a few things to keep in mind while planning your trip. One thing to consider is your back, and how it will handle the activites and sleep. Chiropractors suggest when heading out to camp, it is wise to prepare ahead of time to protect your back from pain that could put a damper on the entire trip. A few tips to consider include:
- Wear good shoes
- Invest in an air mattress
- Visit your chiropractor before and after the trip
Wear Good Shoes
Choosing to wear good supportive shoes is one thing many do not consider. Some think since they will be outdoors and hanging out, that flip-flops will work. However, chiropractors advise that those who camp should consider the activities which may be in store. Wearing shoes that offer little to no support can wreak havoc on the spine. To help prevent back pain, make sure to include a good pair or tennis shoes in your bag for your trip.
Invest in an Air Mattress
Chiropractors advise that an air mattress could hold the key to keeping back pain at bay while camping as well as getting good sleep in the outdoors. Investing in this device can help provide you with a little more cushion than sleeping on the ground if you are a tent camper. For those who enjoy the luxury of camper life, check out the mattresses in the camper. These are a far cry from super supportive and you may find that you are still in need of the air mattress and its support.
Visit Your Chiropractor Before and After the Trip
If you are one who struggles with back pain of any type, it may be wise to consider a trip to your chiropractor prior to your camping adventure, as well as one after it. Your chiropractor will check your spine for restriction, which can prove to be quite painful. Using small adjustments he or she will work to restore your spine to its least restrictive position. Having your spine free of restriction prior to camping can help prevent pain and allow you to enjoy your time outdoors. Chiropractors suggest that because your spine is constantly moving, it can be wise to have it checked upon returning home from your trip. This is an additional measure to prevent pain.
If you are ready to begin your pain management and prevention plan, consider dropping by the Joint Chiropractic nearest you. With more than 400 locations nationwide you are certain to find one in your community. There are no appointments necessary and many of these locations offer extended hours which allow you to stop by at your earliest convenience, even if that is after work.
Don’t let back pain prevent you from enjoying outdoor life with your family. Take control of your back pain today!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Phoenix, Ariz.