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The Secret to Hiking Without Back Pain

By Virginia Laird

With daylight getting longer, it can be tempting to enjoy a leisurely hike in the evenings, or any time for that matter. While going on a hike can provide a great deal of exercise for all who participate, it can also cause some back pain. Chiropractors insist that being properly prepared can help prevent such pain and suffering. To help you avoid this issue, chiropractors have offered a host of tips including:

  • Take breaks frequently
  • Pack light
  • Dress appropriately

Take Breaks Frequently

Chiropractors insist that taking breaks during your hike is a great way to deter back pain. During these breaks it is advised that you find a place to get off of your feet. Chiropractors also encourage those hiking to stretch each time they take breaks. This allows tension to be released that can lead to pain if left unattended. Make sure you plan for plenty of time to stop along your route for breaks.

Pack Light

While on your journey, there is likely to be a few items you will need to carry. However, chiropractors encourage those hiking to keep these items to only the necessities. Packing light can help prevent back pain. Research suggests that hiking while carrying a heavy load can lead to pain, as well as damage to the joints of the spine. While you will need to be sure you pack water (which can be heavy), it is vital that you leave all other unnecessary things behind.  

Dress Appropriately

Chiropractors suggest that wearing the appropriate clothing can be an asset in preventing and managing back pain as you hike. It is suggested that you wear clothing that is not too tight and allows you to move freely. Another aspect of your wardrobe to consider is the shoes. Wearing comfy shoes can keep tension from the spine. Make sure to double-check that your shoes are right for your hike.

As always, if you are one who suffers with extreme back pain, it may be wise to check in with your chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic prior to your hike. There, your chiropractor will help you develop a personalized pain prevention plan. Using small adjustments to the joints of the spine, your chiropractor can help release tension and stress, as well as restore function to the spine. If you are ready to begin your routine chiropractic care, drop by The Joint today. With more than 450 locations nationwide you are sure to find one near you. And with no appointment necessary, getting started can be as simple as dropping by during your lunch break.

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

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