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Chiropractic Advice for a Pain-Free Train Ride

By Brandi Goodman 

Traveling can take longer by train. People often choose to do it, however, because it is a much cheaper alternative to flying. You also do not have to put the wear and tear on your own vehicle by driving yourself. Due to the length of travel and cramped space you get, a train ride can be quite painful to endure. With some chiropractic advice, you can experience a relatively pain-free ride that won't leave you feeling achy and sore upon your return home. 

Bring a Lumbar Support Pillow

The seat on a train is not the most comfortable. They may feel fine for a short while, but it will inevitably start to feel uncomfortable after some time spent sitting. It's important to bring along a lumbar support pillow so you can add extra support behind your lower back to keep pain from setting in. If you plan on falling asleep sitting in the seat and did not rent an overnight cabin, then a neck pillow may be needed as well. 

Get Up as Often as Possible

If you're told to remain seated, of course you have to follow instructions. As soon as you get the green light to get up, though, you need to take the opportunity. Get up as often as possible and walk to the bathroom, do some stretches, or simply stand and raise up on your toes to get the blood flowing to the legs and feet once again. Regular movement will prevent pain and keep you from feeling so bored sitting in one place. 

Keep Your Overhead Luggage Lightweight

Attempting to push a heavy bag above your head into a compartment can be challenging. It can also place a lot of strain on your body. It's best to only pack the essentials and keep your overhead luggage as lightweight as possible. That way there isn't such a heavy load to lift and you won't be hurting yourself to get it up there. 

Visit The Joint Chiropractic before heading out on your ride to get joint restrictions removed. Your body will handle the experience much easier. You may also want to stop in once you're home from your trip to get adjusted and leave your body in normal condition instead of being out of whack from a long trip. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Salem, N.H.

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