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Hiking Without Back Pain: Here's How

By Virginia Laird

Adventures await you and your family as summer begins to make its way. As you plan to tackle a variety of family fun, chiropractors suggest that there is need to protect your back from pain. Research indicates that one activity sure to invite pain is hiking. All too often, many believe this simple fun activity is harmless and fail to properly prepare to keep back pain at bay. A few tips chiropractors suggest you do to prevent such pain include:

  • Stretch before you begin
  • Pack light
  • Dress appropriately
  • Take breaks along your path

Stretch Before You Begin

Chiropractors teach that stretching before you begin your hike can help you prevent back pain from taking over your journey. These stretches can be simple but should include stretching the back and neck. Each time you prepare to start a hike, make sure you allow for time to stretch.

Pack Light

While hiking may not require an abundance of supplies, there are a few things you need to make sure you have with you. Still, chiropractors advise that you keep you load light as you hike. It is suggested that you carry only the essentials, including water, sunscreen, and a light snack, as well as any other items you find necessary to make your hike a successful one.

Dress Appropriately

Chiropractors teach that one way to make your hike painless is to make sure you dress appropriately. This includes wearing the right shoes, as well as clothing. Chiropractors teach that your clothing should not be too tight, but should be loose enough to allow for natural movement. Workout clothing is best when planning your hike.

Take Breaks Along Your Path

Due to the demanding nature of hiking, it is inevitable that those participating will experience some aches and pain. Chiropractors suggest that this does not need to include back pain. To help avoid such pain, chiropractors advise that you should allow for plenty of breaks as you hike. During these breaks you should get off your feet, stretch, and hydrate. Make sure you allow for plenty of time to enjoy these breaks as you hike with your family and friends.

Because there are millions who report suffering with back pain after participating in physical activity, chiropractors suggest that routine visits to your chiropractor can help. Now is the time to begin your routine chiropractic care and start making back pain a thing of your past. Drop by The Joint Chiropractic right away to begin your personalized pain prevention plan. With more than 450 locations nationwide you are sure to find one near you. And, because there are no appointments necessary, getting your routine care started is as simple as dropping by at your earliest convenience.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Raleigh, N.C. 

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