Don't Let Back Pain Ruin Your Vacation
By Donna Stark
Even if you don't experience regular back pain in your life, that doesn't mean it won't suddenly start. And if you have any travel plans coming up in the near future, you may want to assess that risk. Traveling is one of the leading contributors to back pain. It can either bring it on or exacerbate the chronic pain that many people already live with. Nobody wants to travel in pain, so your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic put together a list of tips that will help reduce that risk while on the road. Take a look.
It is highly recommended to lift your bags in stages. Start by lifting your suitcases to the back of the car before you proceed to put them into the trunk. If traveling by plane, lift your carry-on to the seat before you place it in the overhead bin. And adhere to the following lifting techniques.
- Bend at your knees
- Engage the muscles in your legs to help
- Avoid abnormal twists of your back
- Hold the item as close to your body as possible
- Distribute your weight evenly
It is hard to find the proper support for your back while traveling. After all, most car, airplane, train, and restaurant seats don't even come with it, so you may need to bring your own. You can always invest in a lumbar pillow for those long rides but if you don't want to carry an extra item around, just roll a sweater up. Your back will thank you for it!
Be Mindful of Your Posture
How many times have you found yourself trying to rest, while crunched up into a ball and leaning against the window of a car or airplane? Traveling and comfort rarely go together, and oftentimes, your back will end up paying for it. So, when it is possible, be extra mindful of your posture. Give your back a break by sitting up, pulling your shoulders back, and placing both feet on the floor.
Get up and move as much as possible. If driving in a car, stop every hour or so to step out and stretch. And if traveling by plane, crawl over the passengers next to you and walk the aisles. Sure, it may seem bothersome at the moment, but it can reduce the risk of cramps and muscle aches.
Enjoying the Journey
Don't start your vacation in pain. Make sure you follow the tips above and if you really want to be proactive, head on in to see your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic before you leave. A good adjustment is always a good idea before a trip!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Farragut, Tenn.