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5 Chiropractic Camping Tips to Consider This Summer

By Brandi Goodman 

With summer upon us, now is the time many people start planning out their camping trips. While some may only go once a year, others camp as often as their schedules allow. Getting out into the fresh air and nature is great for health and well-being, but it can also be harmful on the back if people aren't careful. Some chiropractic tips should be considered to make the most of this favorite summer pastime. 

Wear the Right Gear During Your Activities

Camping involves much more than just sitting around a fire and sleeping in a tent. Many people spend their time enjoying fun activities as well. You may find yourself hiking trails or simply going for walks, swimming, canoeing, or more. It's important to keep your back and body protected by wearing the right gear during each of these. When you're hiking, for example, don't wear sandals. Wear the proper hiking boots that will keep you sturdy on your feet and limit the chance for injury. 

Stay Hydrated

Chiropractors recommend staying hydrated no matter what you're doing. While you're out camping and spending your days in the sun, it's especially important to drink enough water. Water will help to keep your joints flexible so you can avoid injury during all of the activities you'll be doing. 

Sleep on an Air Mattress or Cot

It may be easy to fall asleep on nothing but a sleeping bag inside the tent when you're young, but the hard ground won't do any good for the backs of adults. You should choose an air mattress or cot to bring along so your back can be protected while you rest. Otherwise, you'll most likely find yourself waking up rather stiff and sore.

Maintain Good Posture

Your posture may be the last thing on your mind when you're trying to get your tent set up, but it truly is something to consider. Avoid hunching over when you're trying to get your stakes in the ground. Bend at the knees and place them in carefully using a mallet rather than pressing them down with your weight. Keeping your posture and remembering the right bending and lifting techniques can go a long way toward preventing back pain on your camping trip.

Stretch Regularly

Before you get out of bed, before and after you swim or try another activity, and anytime throughout the day your joints start to feel a bit stiff, it's necessary to stretch. Stretching helps to keep your joints limber and enables you to continue enjoying your trip free from pain. Stretch regularly and often to improve your wellness while camping. 

Visit The Joint Chiropractic before you head out on your trip and once you arrive home to help ensure your joints are in place and your body is functioning well. Hopefully with these tips in mind your time spent camping will go smoothly and be as pain-free and enjoyable as possible. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Portland, Ore.

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