Bad backpacks cause immense pain?
Short answer is: Yes. If you are using a wrong type of backpack, say, too small, to big or just some no-name replica that one can buy for couple of bucks on a third grade train station in the middle of nowhere, then you should be prepared for sleepless nights.
Lucky for you, solutions are not so hard to come by. There are good places to find the best expedition backpacks that will help you posture and keep your muscles safe, so you won’t need to bother with excruciating pain while hiking.
What to look for? What to pay attention to?
One of the biggest problems with people not having a right back pack is if :
- its either too small and thus overpacked (changes even the shape and the whole thing looks like it will soon explode),
- or if it is too big and half empty which brings it utter purpose to question: why would you carry around a three times bigger bag than you have to.
It’s important to understand that these are small matters, and in a short, day-hike they most probably wouldn’t make a difference, but once you are anywhere near a longer trip you better be careful. When you are out there in the wilderness for several weeks, and to give that a little boost too, you might be alone, it is not the same what you area carrying as a weight.
Where is your pain coming from?
It’s not necessary that the backpack you are carrying around is the number 1 cause of your pain. You might have some other health problems, so the best thing you can do is get yourself checked at the doctors. But if you have been on a medical examination and they found nothing, and you still don’t feel at ease, now you know what might have caused this feeling of someone stabbing a knife in your back.
Back muscles are one of the strongest of your body (after legs) and they play a tremendous role in our whole organism. So not paying attention to that is really irresponsible and you should know better than that.
If the pain comes in the lower side of your back, you know that your posture while walking or hiking or carrying that bag is bad, and you need to address that.
How to get treated once the pain is there and won’t go away?
There are couple of tricks you can try and use before you start panicking:
- get yourself a nice massage first, this might ease the tension of your muscles and all might fall back into its place and you’ll feel great again,
- go visit a chiropractor who can fix your bones and your back
- start exercising more regularly, the gym time is never a wasted time and those who have been saved by exercising can vouch for that a lot.
Finally, the last thing if nothing else helps is to get to your doctor – actually, that might be the first thing you want to do if the pain is unbearable and you feel it’s hard even to just walk, let alone hike again. The important thing is to acknowledge the pain and treat it and not just ignore it, because it might head to other kind of trouble that you wouldn’t want to deal with.
If you have your own trick on how to make hikes easier, healthier and more enjoyable, let us know in the comments below.