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Chiropractic Advice for Holiday Travels

By Brandi Swieter 

Many schools receive two entire weeks off during the holiday break. It starts near the end of December and goes into January past the start of the new year. For some, this is the perfect time to do some traveling. Whether families want to travel to see one another or people simply want a getaway to a warmer climate, it's best to follow some chiropractic advice when traveling during the holidays or any other time of year. 

Stretch Before, During, and After Travels

Stretching is incredibly beneficial to the body. Before takeoff, everyone getting on a plane needs to be sure to stretch out their bodies, particularly the lower half that will be cramped and bent for some time. During travels, it is equally important to stretch. Travelers should get up and walk any time they have the chance. After arriving at the destination it is also necessary to stretch out the limbs and joints and ensure they are no longer stiff after being cramped for so long. 

Maintain Proper Posture

Proper posture in an airplane seat, or any seat for that matter, will make travels go much more smoothly. Sitting upright and avoiding slouching can prevent back pain. You want to keep your spine aligned and your shoulders straight. Both feet should also be kept planted on the floor. 

Visit the Chiropractor

A chiropractor can help to remove joint restrictions, improve the immune system, and boost flexibility. Before heading out, see a chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic to help prepare. Upon arriving at the destination it is also wise to seek out a chiropractor. Traveling can take a major toll on the body and make the vacation unbearable if you experience any pain. With more than 425 locations, you're bound to find one near you. It is also wise to visit once again after returning home. 

Additional Tips

A few additional tips should also be considered, such as:

  • Book an aisle seat - It will be easier to get up and move around and give you more leg room.
  • Watch how you lift your luggage - Lifting a heavy bag above your head can cause pain -- do so carefully. 
  • Bring a lumbar support pillow - Airplane seats are not very comfortable. A support pillow will help keep your back straight and free from pain caused by slouching.

Whether you're traveling for the holidays or taking a vacation any other time of year, the same chiropractic recommendations hold true. Anyone hoping for pain-free travels should listen to a chiropractor so they can make the most of their vacation. 

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

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