Spring Break Travels: How to Prevent Back Pain
By Virginia Laird
With spring break just around the corner, you are likely to be planning your vacation now. With all the excitement of getting out of the house and away from work and school for an entire week, it can be easy to forget about back pain that is likely coming and can put a damper on any trip. Chiropractors suggest there are plenty of things you can do to keep this unwanted guest away as you enjoy your spring break. A few tips suggested include:
- Allow for time to take breaks
- Always wear comfy shoes
- Visit your chiropractor before you go
Allow For Time to Take Breaks
Chiropractors suggests that getting up and out of your seat (be it car or plane) can help release tension in the spine and avert back pain. As you plan your spring break excursion, make sure you allow plenty of travel time to allow for such breaks. Chiropractors suggest these should be at least every couple of hours and should be at least 15 minutes to allow time for stretching, a brief walk, or whatever may help you let go of some tension in the back.
Always Wear Comfy Shoes
When traveling, you may find yourself on your feet quite often. Whether it be while you are scoping out the area, or making your way through historical sites, you will need to be sure your feet are comfy. Chiropractors advise that wearing comfy shoes is one of the best ways to protect your back from pain. Research indicates that the best shoes to wear are ones which are attached to the foot and offer some support. Although you may be tempted to wear the most fashionable pair of shoes on your vacation, opt for the most comfy ones to help keep your back pain at bay.
Visit Your Chiropractor Before You Go
A visit to the chiropractor prior to any trip can help prevent and manage back pain. As you travel, you may find yourself locked up in a car (or on a plane) for an extended amount of time. This can lead to tension building in the spine, which leads to a great deal of pain. Chiropractors suggest that having the joints of your spine adjusted before setting out on your trip can help prevent such tension. Through normal everyday activity, the joints of the spine can move into restricted positions. Having an adjustment can help restore function. As you plan your spring break trip, make sure that you plan for time to drop by The Joint Chiropractic in your community. With more that 450 locations nationwide you are sure to find one nearby. And with no appointment necessary, getting a quick adjustment can be as simple as dropping by as you make your way out of town.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Raleigh, N.C.