It is an astonishing fact that back and neck pain constitutes for nearly half of all absences from work in the EU - this is why keen walkers on backpacking hiking expeditions should learn some simple back care to take with them on their expedition.
Permanent back-pain can be set-off by the simplest of things like a cough to continuously performing activity that creates strain on muscles, ligaments and cartilage. Backpacking, by its very name, suggests something that involves the back - and of course it does - carrying sometimes fairly heavy weight.
So, remember, always get the essentials sorted first.
The Backpacking Boots
Make sure your backpacking boots fit properly. If not, then go and seek some professional advice from a specialist supplier. Without good quality backpacking boots that have been properly fitted, the weight you're carrying will not be given proper support from your legs, meaning your back could be compensating and taking more strain than it needs to.
Backpacks worn incorrectly are often the reason for backpacking hikers struggling with back-pain. Adjust your backpack so that it sits high on the back, making use of waist straps where appropriate. These help transfer weight from the shoulders onto the hips, ensuring an even spread of weight across the whole back. This way, pressure spots are less likely to occur and it is less likely that you will be aggravating back-pain.
Anyone who participates in any sort of regular exercise will know that warming-up and down after an intensive level of physical activity helps stop the body from getting tense and stiff. There are a many simple back exercises recommended by physiotherapists for people with specific back-problems - consult yours before going backpacking hiking.
Everyone needs a rest, physically and mentally. After several hours backpacking, the final thing you must do is give your body enough time to rest, relax and recuperate. Hot showers, gentle stretching and good, supported resting positions when sitting or lying are highly recommended.
If you take heed of these few simple points, then backpacking hiking should be your friend rather than your backbreaker!