How to Enjoy a Camping Trip Without Back Pain
By Brandi Swieter
From the activities people try to the sleeping conditions at night, campers often leave their vacation with pain in their backs. Pain doesn’t have to be a part of every camping trip. There’s ways to make it more enjoyable without fear of aches setting in.
Wear Sturdy Shoes
Swimming, biking, and walking the trails are just a few common activities during a weekend spent camping. When biking or walking, sturdy shoes must be worn to prevent aches from setting into the legs and then into the back. Many people think they should bring along an old pair of tennis shoes on their trip since they’re already dirty. This is one of the worst things a person can do. Throw that old pair out and get something new that is comfortable for the entire duration of the trip.
Before and during any activities, upon waking, and before going to bed, people should stretch. Stretching out the body often helps to prevent aches from setting in and can even help prevent injuries. Well-stretched muscles are better able to handle any task they have to manage and won’t get exhausted as easily. It’s important to stay hydrated while stretching for better movement and flexibility of the joints.
Sleep on Something Comfortable
A sleeping bag on the ground does not provide near enough protection. People need to sleep on something comfortable with plenty of cushion to ensure a healthy back. Those who already struggle with back problems will do even more damage by sleeping on a hard surface. An air mattress or foam pad works best when camping.
Too many campers pack their bags full of clothes and gear. This practice is not recommended, as overloading a bag can lead to back injuries when people attempt to lift the heavy weight. It’s important to pack lightly so all bags are easy to carry and do not cause pain. If a large amount of items must be brought, then be sure to separate them into smaller bags and carrying cases so the weight is distributed.
Campers who still end their trip with pain despite their best efforts can visit The Joint Chiropractic. Previous joint restrictions could be the culprit. These need to be worked out of the body using proper techniques from a doctor. Walk in during evening or weekend hours once you’ve left the campsite.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Cary, N.C.