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Road Trip Ahead? 4 Tips Protect Your Back

By Virginia Laird

With summer quickly approaching, the idea of getting in the car and heading out on a long road trip may sound wonderful. The freedom that people tend to enjoy in the summer is limitless. However, a long road trip can take its toll on the back. How terrible would it be to get to a beautiful destination and not be able to enjoy it because your back is in too much pain from the actual trip? There are a few things you can do to help keep back pain away while on the journey.

Take Multiple Breaks

Don’t wait until you absolutely can't drive any farther before taking a break. Get a map out before the trip and plan ahead for the breaks that need to be taken. Chiropractors recommend planning for breaks every two to three hours. Don’t just run to the bathroom and get back in the car. Take a few minutes to stretch or take a quick walk. This can help to relieve tension and stress that the body may have stored during the drive.

Invest in a Back Support

Most car seats are not super supportive of the spine. There are several options for making certain that your back gets the support it needs. Chiropractors suggest to those who are going to spend a great amount of time in the car to invest in lumbar support pillows. These can be used to offer more support to the back when having to travel long distances.

Dress Comfortably

Dressing comfortably can be one of the most helpful tips for keeping pain away. Wearing clothing that is too tight can restrict movement of the body. Chiropractors suggest (supported by research) that loose-fitting clothing can allow the body to move naturally and unrestricted. Keep in mind that comfortable clothes includes the shoes. Heels and other shoes that alter the natural stance can cause stress and strain to the spine, which promotes back pain to be occur.

Don’t Be in a Hurry

It is important while traveling to not be in a hurry. Being in a hurry can cause stress. It can cause you to make adjustments to the planned breaks and stops. Taking time to enjoy the places and nature that are around in the various areas along the route can help to keep your mind and body stress-free.

Safe travels on your summer adventures!

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