People who want to explore the world on foot may prefer to do some backpacking. Lugging several pounds of belongings in a big backpack for miles on end, however, generates its own level of strain on your body. It needs ample treatment right away, as an article by Neil Klagge on the backpacker resource The Lightweight Backpacker elaborates.
Episodes of back pain may be familiar with nature lovers in Bergen County, New Jersey. Hiking in the county is mostly concentrated in the 12-mile long Palisades Interstate Park and the Ramapo Valley County Reservation. When your back is acting up on you after another tedious march through rough terrain, treat your back pain at Bergen County practices such as the MedWell Spine, OsteoArthritis & Neuropathy Center.
Back pain from backpacking can start from certain issues. Some veteran backpackers note that one problem is that the upper body tilts back instead of being aligned with the mid-hip and shoulder; the hips also tilt forward in the process. Such overarching induces lower back pain.
The weight of the backpack also has its own way of disrupting your posture. Depending on how much you’ve loaded it, your upper body might lean forward. Klagge said you can counter this by simply carrying only the essential materials in the backpack; tighten the straps to bring the bag closer to your body and ease the strain.
A back pain therapy professional will have a raft of treatment options to aid you. One option is to undergo posture-correction treatments that are designed to help realign your spine and prevent it from slumping again. Chiropractic procedures may help as well.
An exercise program may be recommended for strengthening your back and overall posture. Klagge suggests not sitting for long periods and taking the time to stretch your torso, lower back, and the neck. You should also use hiking poles to aid in negotiating tough stretches of terrain; they rechannel the stress of the lower back to the upper body instead, as well as distribute weight all over the body during uphill marches.
It’s never too late to work on your issues with a bad back. People who know how to treat back pain in Ridgewood, NJ like MedWell’s Dr. Ali Maz are happy to help you.
(Source: Bad Back or Hips?, the Lightweight Backpacker)