Going to a Summer Festival? Take Care of Your Back and Your Feet!

With Glastonbury just around the corner and teens planning post-exam trips to Reading, the festival season is definitely now under way.  Our practitioners offer a few tips to help make the experience as comfortable as possible.

Looking After Festival Feet

  • Use wet wipes to wipe your feet daily.
  • Take plenty of socks and change them daily. Dirty, wet socks will breed germs.
  • If it is raining, wear waterproof footwear or place a plastic bag over your socks before putting on your shoes to create a waterproof barrier.
  • Do not wear flip flops or open sandals, they offer no protection in the crowded mosh pit or from sharp items left lying around.
  • If you do sustain an injury to your foot, be sure to clean the wound thoroughly and seek first aid before it becomes infected.

Festival Sleeping/Rest

  • Do not lie on a hard, damp floor!¬†Always¬†take a good quality camping mat or air mattress and take a travel pillow to provide support for your head and neck.¬† Do not overinflate your travel pillow.
  • If you suffer from back pain, roll up¬†a jacket or a hoodie¬†to form¬†a lower back support when you are sitting, or place the support between your knees when sleeping on your side or under your knees when lying on your back.
  • Try not to sit in one position for too long, whether sitting in a foldable chair or on the floor, try to get up for¬†a regular ‚Äėstroll and stretch‚Äô.
  • Ensure you have a warm sleeping bag and plenty of warm, waterproof clothes, especially for the night time when temperatures can drop quite noticeably, even in the summer.
  • Try to get some sleep!


  • Use sunscreen.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Lift bags and camping gear with care ‚Äď always bend at the knees when lifting. If possible, pack two small bags rather than one so you can distribute the weight more evenly (or use a good quality ruck sack with padded straps).
  • When you arrive, be sure to familiarise yourself with the location of the medical tents/facilities.
  • If you feel unwell or have sustained an injury and have any doubt about the seriousness of your condition, seek medical attention sooner rather than later.
  • But, most of all, stay safe and have a great time!

If you have any queries regarding the above please contact the team at Teddington Osteopaths on tel: 020 8977 3295.



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