How to Protect the Back While Camping
By Brandi Swieter
Many people head out camping in the summer to enjoy themselves, never thinking much about the toll the pastime could take on their backs. Camping wreaks havoc on the body if people don’t exercise caution. It’s important to keep the back protected while camping so people do not return home feeling sore and rundown.
Camping typically involves sleeping on the ground inside a tent. Though many people enjoy doing this because it allows them to rough it out and get in tune with nature, most people truly shouldn’t be camping in this manner. Those with a bad back especially should avoid ground sleeping and instead put down an air mattress -- or at least some sort of protective and comfortable padding -- that will offer support for an aching back.
Stretch Before Swimming and Other Activities
Campers often spend time swimming or performing other activities, such as kayaking. These activities involve a lot of fitness, and therefore require stretching beforehand. The body needs to be properly stretched and prepared for the rigorous task to increase flexibility and prevent injury. Even swimmers can pull muscles if they aren’t adequately stretched and prepared for the workout.
Wear the Right Shoes for the Activity
Though it’s fine to wear sandals right around camp, they won’t suffice for long walks on trails or other activities. A good pair of hiking boots should be worn on trails, while tennis shoes are at least needed to walk any further distances throughout the campground. Biking requires tennis shoes at the very least as well. The feet, legs, and back can start to ache easily if the correct shoes are not worn.
Keep Bags Light
Some people like to pack one large bag filled with everything they could need when camping. This is a dangerous practice that will hurt the back as the bag is lifted or when it’s carried long distances. Even just a short trek from the house to the car to pack it up for the trip can cause pain to set in. Several bags should be used so each is kept light and easy to carry.
Seek relief from The Joint Chiropractic if you experience back pain after camping. A doctor may be able to pinpoint the problem and eliminate joint restrictions to bring back a better range of motion. Walk-in hours are available.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Evans, Ga.