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Camping: How to Enjoy It Without Pain

By Virginia Laird

Families begin to plan vacations as summer approaches. One of the most popular and inexpensive trips to make is a camping trip. This type of trip can be filled with excitement and can cause a great deal of pain to the back. Although camping is one of my favorite things to do, just the thought of camping in a tent can give me a backache. In order to make my chiropractor happy, and yours too, there are a few things that can be done to plan for the impending showstopping back pain. These things include:

  • Invest in an air mattress
  • Wear good shoes
  • Buy a good camping chair
  • Pack light

Invest in an Air Mattress

As we age, sleeping on the ground can take its toll on the body so rolling out a sleeping bag can be detrimental to a camping trip. Although your children may be leaping at the idea of sleeping on the rocky ground, it may not seem as exciting to you as it once did. Fortunately, there are far more options today than there were years ago. Chiropractors recommend investing in a good air mattress or cot to offer some back support while camping.

Wear Good Shoes

The odds of finding a campsite that is on completely flat and level ground is slim to none. Wearing proper and good tennis shoes can make all the difference. For years, chiropractors have preached the importance of good shoes that offer support; the truth behind this theory hasn’t budged.

Buy a Good Camping Chair

Have you ever noticed that campgrounds typically only offer picnic tables at each campsite. This can be devastating to the back. Investing in a good camping chair that has a back and allows one to sit up can be helpful in combating back pain on your trip. There are so many variations of camping chairs, so you are certain to find one that meets all your requirements.

Pack Light

Chiropractors already recommend carrying lighter purses and bags for everyday use, the recommendation does not change for taking trips. It is important to pack lighter bags. Larger, heavier bags can wreak havoc on the spine. There is no need to take multiple pairs of shoes or a suitcase full of clothes when camping. This is a time to get a little dirty, not worry about your style and just sit back and relax. You will be fine with one pair of shoes for the week (provided they're the right shoes).

To learn more about your health and wellness, visit your local The Joint Chiropractic.

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