Traveling Can Cause Back Pain: Try These Tips

By Virginia Laird

It is no secret: Traveling can cause back pain. For many, this back pain can be severe enough to end your vacation early. Rather than allowing this to keep you from enjoying your trip, take the advice of the chiropractors. A few tips to consider include:

  • Stop often to stretch
  • Pack smart
  • Wear comfy clothes

Stop Often to Stretch

Chiropractors suggest that sitting for long periods of time can cause tension to build throughout the back and neck, which can lead to back pain. To prevent this pain and release the tension, it is advised that you should make time to stop and stretch as you travel. While you are stopped, is vital that you include stretches for the back and neck. Chiropractors suggest that planning to stop at least once each hour to stretch and move around is best. As you plan your itinerary, make sure you allow for time to take plenty of breaks.

Pack Smart

When it comes to back pain and traveling, what you pack is imperative. Chiropractors suggest that over-packing can lead to back pain. Research suggests that packing heavy bags can cause the spine to shift and restrict as you lug them from one place to the next. Chiropractors suggest that it is best to pack smart. This can mean packing in smaller bags to keep each one light. Or, to pack in luggage that has the ability to roll. Plan today to start packing in a way that will protect your back from pain.

Wear Comfy Clothes

Chiropractors preach the importance of wearing comfy clothes while you travel. This attire includes, tennis shoes and loose-fitting clothing. Research indicates that wearing clothes which care too tight can restrict movement, causing the joints of the spine to move, which can lead to pain. As you plan for your vacation, make sure you pack plenty of comfy clothes for the days you will be traveling.

For those who find themselves struggling to prevent back pain, it can be wise to visit with your chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic. There, you will work with your chiropractor to establish a personalized pain prevention plan to help you take control of your pain. If you are ready to begin your routine chiropractic care, make plans to drop by on your way home from work. With no appointment necessary, getting started can be as easy as dropping by today. And with more than 450 locations nationwide you are sure to find one in your neighborhood.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Phoenix, Ariz.

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