Festivals and camping are great activities whatever the weather, however being without the comfort of your own bed can cause problems for your back.
Don’t let pain stop you from enjoying the wilderness… or festivals!!!
- Pack a number of small bags rather than one large one, to spread the weight of the load; although this is not practical when going to festivals, therefore make sure you have a good rucksack and utilise the mid-section harness if you have one.
- Park as close to the campsite as possible.
- Make sure you stretch before you start pitching your tent.
Make sure to plan your activities in advance. During the evening make sure you’ve got a good table and chairs, this will allow you to avoid slouching over your plate. And make sure you keep your stove at a reasonable height. (When going to festivals do what you can!)
Preparing your sleeping area:
- Remove any hazards such as rocks, stones, twigs etc. which may dig in to your spine and try to choose a spot which is as flat as possible.
- Sleep sensibly keeping your spine in a straight line.
- Make a sure you’ve brought a pillow to support your neck. (especially important for headbangers!)
- It is important to ensure you’ve got water to hand as it’s important to stay hydrated during the night, especially if you have been drinking!
What you need to pack to support your back:
- Supportive mat to lay your seeping bag on, an inflatable mattress is not a bad shout.
- Trusted sleeping bag that will keep you warm over night.
- A pillow – you can even bring two, one to put under your head and one under your knees; inflatable pillows aren’t ideal but they’re better than nothing if space in your bag is an issue.
- Bottles of water!
- Supportive folding chairs (most you can buy with beer holders nowadays)
Most importantly – make sure to get any niggles or pains checked with your chiropractor before you go.
Happy camping and enjoy the summer festivals!!!
From the team at Heale's Chiropractic Clinics
Over 30 years of helping people in Hitchin and Luton and the surrounding areas of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire