How to Prevent Back Pain During Your Summer Campout
For many families in Ontario, summer means camping trips. It’s an exciting time, loading up the car with tents and supplies and venturing to disconnect from the world by going out in the wild.
But roughing it is rough on the body. You may find that the relaxing camping trip you had in mind leaves you in pain upon your arrival home. These tips can help keep back pain away so you enjoy your campout.
– Avoid dehydration
Believe it or not, lack of hydration can make your muscles stiff and sore. This can make your back ache like you wouldn’t believe. Add to it lugging around all the things you need for your campout and you may be in pain before you pitch that tent. Make sure you bring plenty of water to keep you infused in hydration for the duration of your camping trip.
– Wear the right shoes
The shoes on your feet have a lot of say in how your back feels at the end of the day. When you’re hiking around, choose shoes that have proper cushioning and ankle support.
– Bring an air mattress
Yes, it’s worth it! An air mattress can help keep you from having a stiff neck and back the next day. Something as simple as a memory foam mattress pad is a good option too since it will support your body as you sleep. Getting good sleep while camping is important for your energy and seeing you through all those activities.
– Be smart about lifting
When you’re loading and unloading your vehicle, practice safe lifting techniques. Use your legs and bend in the right fashion so you’re not putting all that strain on your back.
– Do your stretches
After sitting in the car for all that time to drive to the campsite, warm up your muscles before you begin setting things up. This will help prevent injuries that could ruin your adventure.
– See a physiotherapist
Before you even shake the dust off your camping gear, make sure you see a physiotherapist about your back pain. If you’ve had a previous injury or things just ache, you can prime your body with their help to keep you from further damage.
In Your Home Therapy specializes in physiotherapy at your convenience on your turf. No need to stop packing for that campout! Schedule an appointment and we’ll be there so you can keep organizing the tents and canteens until they arrive. Get what you need to have a successful campout in a pain-free way with physiotherapy today!