Calves are burning, knees hurt and legs feel like Jello. After a major hike, the body is asking, "why the torture?" How to deal with post-hiking pain and recovery is something every hiker faces as they advance to more strenuous levels.For day-hikers, backpackers and trail runners, after-care for pain is a very real part of the sport. Injuries and lactic acid build-up can keep a hiker sidelined for days and make the simple act of going down stairs excruciating. Many precautions can be taken to ensure less stress to legs, knees and feet during a hike, but as every seasoned hiker knows, it's not going uphill that's the problem it's coming down!.
Hiking down a steep descent places additional stress on knees and muscles that have not been conditioned for downhill activity. Joints and tendons become painfully inflamed. And pushing past ones level of ability and distance, increases the production of lactic acid, resulting in a burning feeling in leg muscles. Don't let pain be a discouraging factor in pursuing higher achievements on the trail.
The sense of loftiness felt when reaching the pinnacle of a climb is worth conquering post-hiking pain.Pre-hiking suggestions to minimize pain:.
Always consult with your physician in the event of a serious injury..About The Author.Louise Roach is the editor of on-line health and fitness newsletter, NewsFlash*SnowPack found at http://home.
netcom.com/~newsflash. She has been instrumental in the development of SnowPack, a patented cold therapy that exhibits the same qualities as ice.
Her injury prevention and treatment articles have been published on numerous health and fitness websites. Louise is also an avid hiker. For more information visit: http://www.snowpackusa.com.snowpack@ix.
By: Louise Roach
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