Planning a Road Trip? Get Adjusted First!
By Donna Stark
You've been cooped up long enough, so why don't you take advantage of the cooler temperatures, colorful leaves, and amazing views by packing a bag and hitting the road for fall's most popular activity? Road trips through the country's most scenic locations is an experience you will remember forever, but there are some aspects of the trip that you may very well want to forget ... things like pain, body aches, and soreness. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to reduce the risk of discomfort while also ensuring your trip is the best. Here are some great suggestions from your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic.
Yes, the main goal of chiropractic care is to improve your overall well-being, but the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic are also focused on increasing your comfort too! Placing your spine in proper alignment, easing muscle tension, and soothing irritated nerves is easily achieved with routine chiropractic adjustments and may just be exactly what your body needs during a long drive. A chiropractic adjustment right before your trip will have a significant effect on your overall comfort.
If your road trip spans a couple of days, you will need to pack a bag. And since there is nothing worse than starting off an adventure in pain, be sure to lift your bags into your car wisely. Bend with your knees and use your leg muscles to help with the load. If the bag is on the heavier side, lift it to the bumper first and then place it into the trunk. And above all, avoid any awkward twists of your spine!
Don't Go Alone
Driving for hours by yourself can wreak havoc on your back and neck since it is so hard to change position. Inviting someone to come with you though, will give you the opportunity to take turns with the driving which will give you those extra moments where you can stretch out and relax.
Take Those Breaks
This tip should be easy to follow because, after all, the purpose of this trip is to stop and admire the beautiful landscape around you. But you may find yourself driving for quite a while before you get to your destination and if you do, you should stop for some breaks. Use this time to stretch your muscles, roll your neck, and take a short walk.
Get Ready, Get Set, Drive!
If you are preparing to take a long car ride this fall, be sure to see your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic before you leave and follow their helpful tips! It's the best way to ensure an incredible, colorful adventure.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Caldwell, N.J.