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Taking a Train? Try These Chiropractic Tips

By Brandi Goodman  

A train ride can be a fun adventure, but it can also be a bit bumpy and uncomfortable. With some chiropractic tips in mind, you can make the most of your train trip. Just be sure you're following through both on the way there and back home again. 

Bring a Lumbar Support Pillow

Stiff seats and a long time spent sitting are going to be harsh on your back. You'll have to check the train's rules and restrictions first, but definitely bring a lumbar support pillow if you're able. Other helpful items, such as an inflatable footrest, may also be wise if they're allowed on your trip. 

Wear Comfortable Clothes

If you're wearing jeans or a full suit on a train for hours, you may end up feeling extremely uncomfortable. It's better to choose comfortable clothing that allows you to stretch your body a bit easier and doesn't feel so constrictive. It will also help with circulation and blood flow. 

Bring a Sleep Mask

The lights on the train tend to stay on through the duration of the trip when you're in the main seating area. If you plan on sleeping, this may keep you awake. You're most likely going to experience poor sleep already due to the uncomfortable sleeping position you're in. You don't need to be blinded by the light as well. Bring a sleep mask so you can have an easier time achieving shut-eye and actually get some rest that your body needs to recuperate. 

Drink Water

Water should always be your go-to drink. When your joints are sitting stiff for hours, soda pop, alcohol, and caffeinated beverages aren't going to help any. They actually may make your problem worse. Instead, you should be drinking plenty of water and working to keep your joints flexible.

Get Up and Stretch Whenever You Can

Take regular stretch breaks when you're allowed to so you don't suffer from stiff joints. A quick walk to the bathroom and back can help a lot, but you'll need to stretch far more often than that for it to really be beneficial. You should also stretch while seated to help stay limber and avoiding pain from setting into a particular area of your body. Raise your legs if there's space, or at least squeeze your calf muscles as you raise your heels and push them back to the ground. Raise your arms if you can, roll your shoulders, and lean back slightly in your seat to stretch your upper back and shoulders. 

Make your train ride as comfortable as possible with these chiropractic tips in mind. Being uncomfortable doesn't have to be the norm. There are always things you can do to try and improve your situation and help yourself have a more enjoyable experience -- on a train or otherwise. 

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

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