Saturday, September 8, 2007

Lightening Your Backpack Load

Backpacking with a bad back may seem like something not to do, but for the serious backpacker giving up their beloved hobby is far worse. There are some key things you really should do if you are thinking about continuing with backpacking despite a bad back. These things will help make sure you do not further injure your back and may even help you to overcome your injury.

One major thing you can do is learn to pack light. There are many resources that cover every aspect of packing light. You should do your research and learn every trick you can on how to pack light. Packing light does not mean leaving things behind. It is possible to pack everything you need, if you learn the right way to pack light.

Another essential thing to do is start back exercises. Back exercises help to strengthen the back. Stretching is a big part of strengthening the back. For good exercises and advice you should speak to your doctor. He or she should be able to advise you on exercises that will work best for your condition.

There are also ways to alter your technique that help relieve strain on your back and make you more comfortable. Poles are a great tool for a person with an injured back. Poles shift your weight from your back to your upper body. By using them you will feel great relief in your back. Just make sure you learn how to properly use them. There are also certain ways of stepping that can take the pressure off your back. You may want to find a local backpacking organization or club that can help you learn these techniques.

Backpacking with a bad back can be done. It is just really important for you to take it slow and not push yourself too hard. If you try all of the above methods you should find it really makes it easier and less painful. However, not all back injuries will be helped with this advice, so the main thing to keep in mind is that you should stop and see your doctor if your pain worsens.

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