Holiday Travel: 3 Tips to Avoid Pain
By Virginia Laird
Traveling during the holiday season can be frustrating, stressful, and complicated. As if traveling during the busiest time of the year isn't enough, adding back pain on top of this can make it seem brutal. Chiropractors suggest that traveling with back pain can set your mood off-kilter before you ever arrive at your final destination, impeding your fun with family. These doctors do offer a few suggestions to help you avoid such pain as you travel this holiday season, including:
- Take breaks often to stretch
- Dress comfortably for your journey
- Make a trip to the chiropractor
Take Breaks Often to Stretch
No matter if you are traveling by car or hopping on a plane, sitting for an extended amount of time can cause tension in the body to build. For this reason, chiropractors advise that stretching often, as you travel, can help release the tension that can build. These stretches can be light, but should include stretching the back and neck.
Dress Comfortably for Your Journey
While you may want to look your very best when you arrive at your holiday gathering, it is vital to travel comfortably. Chiropractors suggest that when traveling, it is necessary to wear comfy, loose fitting clothing. This allows the body to move freely, which can help prevent back pain. Chiropractors suggest, where available, you should allow enough travel time so that you can change upon arrival when going long distances.
Make a Trip to the Chiropractor
A trip to your chiropractor can also be helpful when trying to prevent back pain while traveling. If you are one who knows that back pain is in your future, a quick visit to your chiropractor prior to hitting the road can help prevent and manage your pain. During this visit, your chiropractor will use adjustments to the joints of the spine to release tension and restore function.
If you are ready to give chiropractic care a try, consider dropping by The Joint Chiropractic in your local community to get started before you start your holiday travel. With more than 425 locations nationwide you are sure to find one near you. There are no appointments necessary making it simple to stop by on your way home from work, or while en route to your holiday gathering.
Safe travels and happy holidays!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Phoenix, Ariz.