Outdoor Adventure Ahead: 3 Tips to Prevent Back Pain
By Virginia Laird
As the seasons change from summer to fall, it has many preparing to enjoy the great outdoors. There seems to be something about the cool, crisp air of autumn that entices friends and families to enjoy hikes, biking, and other outdoor activities. Before jumping on your bike or strapping on your hiking boots, it is important to make sure your body (and back) are prepared for the journey. Chiropractors recommend several tips to prevent back pain while enjoying your outdoor adventures, including:
- Don’t be in a rush during your journey
- Carry a backpack for your necessities
- Visit the chiropractor routinely
Don’t be in a Rush During Your Journey
Being on a time crunch while setting out on your adventure can add unnecessary stress. Chiropractors suggest you should plan plenty of time to allow for breaks. Things to make sure to do when taking breaks include:
- Stretching - This allows the body to release tension that may build along your path
- Get off your feet (or your bike) - Taking time to give your feet (or your bum if you are biking) a break can also give your back a rest
- Hydrate - Making certain to drink often can prevent dehydration
- Enjoy nature - Enjoying nature can be therapeutic and it can be difficult to enjoy nature while in a hurry
Carry a Backpack for Your Necessities
Chiropractors suggest investing in a good backpack to protect the spine before any adventure; they are best for distributing the load that may need to be carried for a long period of time. A good backpack should meet the following criteria:
- Have two padded, wide, adjustable straps - Two adjustable straps allows for the load to be divided evenly, helping the spine to feel less tugging and pulling from the load
- Be lightweight in material - Choosing a lightweight material can help prevent any unnecessary weight
- A waist strap is a bonus - A waist strap can help keep the backpack from moving around while on the path
Visit the Chiropractor Routinely
Whether you suffer from back pain or not, the spine is a fluid part of the body, constantly shifting and moving. It is wise to visit the chiropractor routinely. Chiropractors can help restore function to the spine, as well as prevent and manage pain. Getting started on your routine visits can be as easy as stopping by The Joint Chiropractic near you. No appointments are necessary, making it easy to stop by on your way home from work.
Now that you have all you need to be prepared for a great family adventure, get out there and enjoy the autumn breeze!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aurora, Ill.