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Chiropractic and Camping: The Correlation

By Brandi Goodman 

Camping is a common summer pastime. It's also a common summer complaint. Too many campers end up going home in pain because of their sleeping arrangement, lack of stretching and hydration, and lack of pain management techniques. There's a correlation between chiropractic and camping because you need to keep chiropractic tips in mind in order to have an enjoyable experience that doesn't end in aches.

Carefully Consider Your Sleeping Arrangement

Kids may be able to enjoy a night or two on the ground in a sleeping bag. Most adults cannot. You need to carefully consider your sleeping arrangement so you don't end up with severe back pain when you wake up. Chiropractors recommend sleeping on an air mattress while camping -- or at least a soft foam mat underneath your sleeping bag. Your spine needs you to sleep comfortably whether you're in a tent or not.

Stretch Before All Activities

Camping often involves various activities. Whether you're swimming, enjoying a walk through the trails, riding bikes, kayaking, or participating in some tournament, you need to be sure to stretch. Properly stretching out your body before you try to exercise or exert yourself in any way can help to keep your joints limber and able to handle the movements. 

Stay Hydrated

You also need to stay hydrated during the duration of your camping trip. It will help to keep your joints flexible and prevent aches. It's also necessary when you're outdoors for any length of time. The heat can leave your body dehydrated and exhausted quickly. Drinking plenty of water will help keep you feeling well.

Eat Nutritious Foods

Just because you're at the campground doesn't mean the food you consume doesn't matter. You'll still be packing on the calories and feeling sick from too much sugar if you overindulge. Make sure you're eating nutritious foods that will help your body feel good. You don't want to feel bloated, weak, or achy because you ate the wrong things. Be sure to pack fruit, vegetables, lean meats, nuts, and other healthy options instead of having a menu with nothing but s'mores and hot dogs. 

If you still end up feeling sore after your camping trip, it would be wise to stop in at one of the more than 600 Joint Chiropractic locations for an assessment. A subluxation in place could be the culprit. Continue to stay safe and well throughout the camping season by keeping these tips in mind.

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

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