Here's How to Hike Without Pain

By Virginia Laird

For many people, fall is the best time of year to get outside. Across the nation, millions of families take on the challenge of hiking. While it is a fantastic activity for everyone in your home, it can be a struggle for those who suffer with back pain. Rather than allowing such pain to keep you from tagging along, chiropractors have offered a variety of tips to help you manage your pain while enjoying a hike with those you love. These tips include:

  • Your shoes matter
  • Make time for breaks
  • Stretch before you hike

Your Shoes Matter

Your shoes can make a difference in your ability to prevent or manage back pain as you hit your favorite hiking trail. Chiropractors say that your shoes should offer plenty of support. The best shoes to choose for your hike are typically broken in tennis shoes. Wearing the wrong shoes for your hike can be the key reason that you find yourself suffering with pain. Make wearing the right shoes a priority for your hike. 

Make Time for Breaks

Chiropractors always encourage patients to plan enough time for breaks when hiking. Taking breaks can be helpful in keeping back pain at bay. It is essential, during these breaks, that you stretch your back to help release tension. Another thing you can do while taking a break is to get off of your feet. Bottom line: Don't be in a hurry when you hike.

Stretch Before You Hike

Stretching before you start your hiking adventure is imperative in keeping your back pain under control. Chiropractors say that stretching helps release tension, which is frequently the cause of great pain. Chiropractors also suggest that you stretch along your trail. Anytime you begin to feel tension in the back, stretching can be helpful in keeping you moving. 

For those who feel as if they need more than these tips to completely get rid of back pain, consider a trip to your chiropractor. Chiropractors work specifically on the care of the vertebrae to help banish pain by releasing restrictions within the joints or vertebrae. With your chiropractor's help you will offer your concerns and goals for your pain prevention. Together, you will establish a pain prevention plan to help you manage your discomfort. If you are ready to get started on your pain management, start with a trip to The Joint Chiropractic in your community. With more than 475 locations nationwide, you are sure to find one near you. And with no appointment necessary, you are sure to be seen when you need it most. 

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

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