Camping With Chiropractic in Mind
By Brandi Goodman
The month of June greatly encourages people everywhere to get outside and enjoy nature. Not only is it Great Outdoors Month, but also National Camping Month. If you plan on going camping in June, or any time throughout the upcoming summer or fall months, then chiropractic advice should be on your mind to ensure your time is nothing but joyful.
Wear Proper Footwear
Skip the sandals on your camping trip. Flip-flops and other breathable shoe options may be comfortable, but they're not good for your legs and back. You need to wear the proper footwear if you want to remain pain-free on your mini vacation. Tennis shoes with sturdy soles that are comfortable and supportive are the best to wear at any time.
Stretch as Often as Possible
Stretching is a vital part of keeping the joints healthy. If you want your body to remain flexible and able to handle the activities you'll enjoy while camping, then stretch as often as possible. Stretch before you start an activity, in-between if needed, and after you've finished so you can prevent injuries and enhance recovery.
Choose a Supportive Sleeping Surface
A sleeping bag on the ground isn't supportive or soft. You'll most likely have a hard time getting comfortable and wake up with an ache in your back that can put a damper on your day. Instead of following this common camping sleeping practice, get a supportive sleeping surface instead. Most people choose to bring along an inflatable air mattress they can use to keep back pain at bay.
Visit a Chiropractor Before You Go
A visit to the chiropractor may be in order before you go on the trip. Joint restrictions or subluxations can be removed so they are not there to inhibit your fun. Even the smallest restriction can cause a disturbance in the balance between your brain and body and lead to severe discomfort. Make sure you speak with your chiropractor about the upcoming camping trip planned so you can receive additional guidance on how to maintain your well-being while you go. They may provide exercises and stretches to try, as well as nutrition options you may not have considered bringing along.
If you still experience pain while on your camping trip, head into The Joint Chiropractic when you return home to get an adjustment. Camping can be great for resetting your circadian rhythm and helping you sleep, as well as boosting your mood, but it can also be hard on the back if you don't follow chiropractic recommendations closely.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Salem, N.H.