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Chiropractic and Camping: What You Need to Know

By Brandi Goodman 

Camping may be a favorite summer pastime enjoyed by many, but it can also be quite harsh on the body. If you aren't taking any chiropractic tips into consideration, you're likely to leave your campsite feeling sore and rundown instead of rejuvenated. There are some things you need to know about camping and chiropractic before you head on your trip.

Sleep With Chiropractic Recommendations

Camping typically involves using a sleeping bag inside a tent when it comes time to go to bed. This practice is not chiropractor recommended. You should sleep with chiropractic recommendations in mind so you're more likely to get a good night's rest. This means using an air mattress inside of just sleeping on the ground. 

Stretching Comes First

You're bound to engage in some physical activities while you're camping. Simply lugging your gear to the campsite and setting up your tent will be exercise in itself. Add in a game of catch, playing horseshoes, walking trails, swimming, kayaking, or any other activity you'll embark on and your body will really be getting a good workout. You need to remember that stretching should come first before any exercise you do. Make sure you stretch your legs, back, and arms in particular so your joints are prepared for the movements you'll be doing.

Nutrition Matters

Your joints will not function properly if you aren't eating the right foods. Nutrition matters greatly in every circumstance -- even while camping. Skip the s'mores and hot dogs and bring along plenty of fruits and veggies instead. Your body needs to stay fueled if you hope to maintain your stamina and engage in all the activities you're hoping.

Footwear Makes a Difference

It might feel nice for a while to feel the air on your feet in your open sandals while you're camping. After a while, however, your feet, legs, and eventually back will suffer. The footwear you choose for camping makes a big difference. You need to be sure you're wearing comfortable, sturdy athletic shoes that will offer stability and support. They're easier on your back and body because they absorb some of the shock as your feet hit the ground with each step. Sandals don't do that.

It's important to get chiropractic care before and after a camping trip. Visit The Joint Chiropractic so you can be sure your body is prepared before you go. Visit after so any problems that occurred throughout your camping experience can be corrected. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Houston, Tex

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