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Chiropractic Tips to Expedite Holiday Travel

By Sandy Schroeder

As the year spins ahead, holiday travel may be coming up for you and your family. As you plan the trip for a family reunion, or to enjoy a holiday getaway, you might consider what you can do to avoid stiffness, soreness and tiredness during the trip.

Either on the road or in flight, prolonged sitting can be hard on your body. Pressure can build up in the blood vessels in the lower legs, and your back, neck and shoulders may be strained.

Chiropractic Backup

As you get ready, you might stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic in your community. The Joint chiropractors can help you pull everything together with an overall checkup, and helpful tips to avoid injury and stay safe.

This is a good time to get to know your chiropractor and ask questions. Your chiropractor will ask about current pain, normal routines and medical history. Overall, the goal of the chiropractor is to seek pain relief and help maintain normal schedules without using pain medications or elective surgery.

After you return you may want to set up ongoing visits, allowing your chiropractor to monitor your family’s health and catch problems early.

Here are some more tips for your travels.

Tips for Flying

Always check bags that are more than five to 10 percent of your weight. Keep carry-ons compact and light to avoid back or neck strain.

In flight, use exercises like foot lifts, rising up on the toes and rocking back on the heels, to keep your circulation flowing. Massage the legs and prop your feet up on a bag to change positions.

At mid-flight, walk up and down the aisle to stretch your legs and improve your circulation. 

Tips On the Road

Consider using a back support. While you are driving, exercise your shoulders by rolling them forward and backward, and help your legs by tightening calf and thigh muscles.

Plan your time to allow for stops along the way. Stop for meals, or use rest areas to walk around.

If you become sleepy or tired, pull over and have coffee, or consider stopping for the night.

Traveling with Children

Use car seats for children, ages 4 and under weighing less than 40 pounds. Make sure car seats are properly secured and always placed in the back seat. Car seats for infants should face the rear of the car.

If children are taking backpacks, make sure they are less than 10 percent of their body weight, and have double padded straps to distribute weight. Don’t overload, and make sure they carry them on both shoulders.

Whenever you can, take timeouts to talk and relax, enjoying the trip and letting go of stress.  

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