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Exploring the Outdoors and Protecting Your Back

By Virginia Laird

Summer has almost arrived! Most people are busy planning activities to enjoy the outdoors. Whether you choose hiking, camping, sports, or anything else, it is important to consider your back. Protecting the back from pain is vital to fully enjoy all activities. When finalizing your plans, you may choose to visit with your chiropractor. He or she can advise you on the many ways to prevent back pain. Don’t think for a minute that you should skip out on the fun. There are ways to enjoy your summer and keep pain from arising.

Carrying Your Stash

Any chiropractor will recommend keeping bags light. This is not just about a purse. This includes all bags, backpacks, and diaper bags -- among others. Pack only the essentials in your bag as you plan your summer outdoor adventures. Taking too much can be grounds for a painful backache. Choose a backpack or cross body bag over a one shoulder carryall. This can help to balance the weight and help the back cope with the added pounds.

Shoe Selection is Key

Another item that should be taken serious in your choice is shoes. It is important to wear shoes that are right for the activity. The shoes should also give support for the back. A good pair of tennis shoes can do the job. Most chiropractors advise against heels, flip-flops and other shoes that either alter your stride or provide little support. A good shoe can help to prevent pain.

Prepare Your Back with Prevention Methods

There are things that can be done to prevent pain before it begins. Taking care of your spine is one way that can prevent pain. A chiropractor is the best person to seek out for such care. He or she will help ensure your spine is in its least restrictive position. Along with adjustments, your chiropractor can suggest stretches and exercises to help combat any pain that tries to sneak up on you.

Getting your back ready for your next adventure is as easy as stopping by The Joint Chiropractic in your community. With more than 370 locations nationwide you are certain to find one near you. There are no appointments necessary. This means no waiting until the next “new patient” appointment becomes available months from now. You can be seen when you are ready and need it most.

To learn more about your health and wellness, visit your local The Joint Chiropractic.

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