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Vacationing Without Back Pain

By Virginia Laird

It is about that time of year!! Vacation is just around the corner. If you are like me, you have already begun counting the days until you leave and may even be keeping a list of all the things you need to pack, purchase, and plan before the big day to get away. With children, it seems packing lists get longer by the minute. One thing that can bring a vacation to a stop quickly is back pain. Such pain can be brought on when preventive measures have been overlooked. Here are a few chiropractor-suggested tips on how to enjoy your vacation and stay back pain-free.

Packing Light can Prevent Pain

Packing light may be a task that proves easier said than done, but it is important to do. When packing, ask yourself which things are necessary. If it doesn’t fit this category, leave it at home. Chiropractic advice suggests using backpacks and cross-body bags instead of purses and bags that are carried on one side of the body. Another tip from chiropractors is to pack smaller bags, although it may take more bags to pack all the necessary items; your back with thank you for the lighter load. Consider doing laundry while vacationing to help decrease the amount needed. This may allow for you to use fewer bags.

Wearing Good Shoes is Essential

Choose good, supportive, and comfy shoes. Looking cute is always a nice thought but when on vacation and exploring the town or campground around you, it may be more necessary to wear shoes that will support your back. Chiropractors suggest everyone invest in tennis shoes that offer not only cushion, but good arch support as well. Shoes that are not comfy and supportive may do more harm than good.

Take Breaks Often

Whether you are driving a long distance, walking for a long time or doing another activity that may put stress on the back, it is important to take breaks often. Chiropractors not only recommend this to get off the feet, but also participating in light back stretches. Applying light stretches to your back can release any tension that is built up from the activity you just completed. This can help keep back pain at bay.

Hopefully these tips can help you enjoy your vacation this summer!

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