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4 Tips to Help Your Back Cope with Travel

By Virginia Laird

Summer is the time of year that many travel. Whether it is a vacation of pleasure or a trip to Grandma’s, traveling can be daunting. Not only do you pack everything possibly needed for your time away from home, many people deal with back pain during travel. There are several things that can be done to prepare the back for the stress that comes with travel. While you may not be able to avoid all aches and pains, most can be managed by following a few chiropractor recommended tips.

Get in the Routine of Stretching Before Bed

Chiropractors have long recommended routines before bed. These help to relax the body and release tension. Now may be the time to start one if you have not already. Stretching as part of your routine can be therapeutic. Don’t start thinking you need a yoga mat for these stretches. A light stretch works. Simple toe touches and back rolls can help.  

Visit a Chiropractor Routinely

Routine visits to the chiropractor can help prepare the back for any long trip that may lie ahead. Chiropractors use a series of adjustments to reduce restriction in the spine that can cause decreased mobility and can be the root of back pain. This has many benefits, including improved sleep, function restoration, and release of tension. These perks can be helpful in everyday life as well as your next road trip.

Make Sure to Have Good Back Support

Lumbar support is key. You may have never even thought about the support your car seat gives. Most car seats are not designed to help the back. Alas, there are great lumbar support pillows that chiropractors recommend using. Investing in one of these can have great benefits to your back during a long trip.

Plan to Take Breaks

Plan out your breaks before you pull out of the driveway. Planning ahead can help ensure the stops take place as recommended. It has long been recommended by chiropractors, to help protect the back and spine, you make planned stops every couple of hours when participating in a lengthy road trip. It is possible to ride more than a couple of hours, but that can take its toll on the back. Your body needs the ability to relieve stress and tension.

Wishing you the best of luck on your next road trip adventure!

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