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How to Ensure Pain-Free Traveling

By Donna Stark

As we start settling into the warmer months of the year, many of us will be hitting the skies and flying to our chosen destinations for summer vacation. And whether that destination is a fancy hotel in a new city, a cute bungalow on the beach, or a rustic cabin in the woods, nobody wants to start the trip in pain. After all, there's simply too much fun and relaxation to look forward to, isn't there? If you have an upcoming vacation this summer, keep pain as far away from it as possible by looking at the following tips from your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic. These tips may be exactly what is needed to ensure a pain-free flight and a fabulous vacation this year.

Bring Support

The seats on the airplane aren't the most comfortable, especially if you are counting on some sleep, so bring some extra support. A regular pillow, travel pillow, or even a rolled-up blanket will do wonders for your head, neck, and back, and are easy to carry along. If you have existing back pain or spine issues, you may want to consider bringing a back brace too.

Pick the Best Seat

Some seats on the plane are more comfortable than others so look at all the options before you make your purchase. Selecting first-class, exit rows, and bulkhead seating will give you more space to stretch your legs but they are generally more expensive. If you skip those options and choose an economy seat instead, you can save money but you may have to plan on taking the following steps to get the most out of your space.

  • Store your personal items in the overhead bin rather than at your feet
  • Choose an aisle seat so you can stretch out to the side (just watch those carts and other passengers walking by)
  • Take frequent breaks to get up, stretch, and walk around

Get Adjusted

Sitting for hours on end will only exacerbate your already tight muscles, so visit your chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic before your trip. A chiropractic adjustment will help ease muscle tension, improve range of motion, and enhance circulation. And if you remember to tell your chiropractor what your plans are, you may even walk out of your visit with some extra suggestions on how to stay safe during your vacation too!

Enjoying a Pain-Free Summer Vacation

You've waited all year for this trip so don't let those long hours on the plane ruin your fun. By following the travel tips above and getting an adjustment at The Joint Chiropractic before you leave, you can count on an enjoyable flight and a terrific summer vacation!

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

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