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Traffic Woes: Problems and Solutions for Car Jams

By Genevieve Cunningham

Traffic. For some people, just the word traffic brings up feelings of impatience and anger and irritation. No one enjoys traffic, and if we can avoid it, we'll go out of our way to miss the bumper to bumper action. Of course, avoiding it is easier said than done. Inevitably, we'll all be stuck in traffic at some point -- some of us on a daily basis. While most of us see traffic problems as mostly an irritation, it turns out that it may also be incredibly detrimental to our health. Who knew? If you are stuck in car jams more often than you'd like, take a look at the damage it may be causing, plus some great solutions for keeping your health intact. 

The Health Dangers of Traffic

You may not think much of the health side of traffic, but it definitely has an effect. When we're stuck in traffic, we're often unable to move and thus develop both pain and stiffness. If we do this on a regular basis without any sort of reprieve, we begin to develop these problems on a chronic basis. The constant sitting also has an effect on our heart health, circulation, and raises the risk of blood clots. In short, traffic should be something we definitely keep our eyes on!

Tips for Staying Healthy

Luckily, there are things we can do to help minimize the discomforts and lower the risks associated with traffic. A few ideas include:

  • Movement - You have to move! After you finally get out of the car, stretch, walk, and work out any stiff spots. It's also incredibly helpful to maintain a regular exercise routine that can help lower health risks overall. 

  • Support devices - If you get uncomfortable in traffic, consider carrying supportive devices with you in your car. These might include low back supports, headrest pillows, and wrist supports. These items help change your posture, which can then improve the way that your body feels.

  • Chiropractic care - Chiropractic care is one of the best things that you can do to minimize pain and improve overall body health. Chiropractors will use gentle manipulation to adjust the spine -- which is greatly affected in traffic. As a result, you may notice less pain, better mobility, enhanced energy and focus, and better sleep. Chiropractors may help with your traffic health woes and improve overall health all at the same time.

If you would like to try chiropractic care to help with the pains of traffic, check out The Joint Chiropractic. At The Joint, getting care is easier than ever before. Just use their walk-in visits and affordable pricing to get the care you need without the stress and hassle. Chiropractic care can help in so many situations in life, and traffic is one of them! Get a little relief and a boost in health today with a quick stop at The Joint Chiropractic.

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

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