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Pain-Free Travel This Summer

By Donna Stark

Are you getting the itch? Has the travel bug bit you yet now that summer is right around the corner and everyone is home from school? Travel season will soon be in high gear and many people are planning their vacations now, so when the time comes to board that plane or jump into the car, they are fully prepared. How about you? Do you have your vacation set? Are you picturing yourself sitting on some remote beach with family and loved ones surrounding you? Or are you the more adventurous type and are contemplating the best way to raise that adrenaline of yours?

Pain-Free Travel

The process of traveling can take a serious toll on your body, no matter what kind of trip you plan, so it is important to take care of it while on the road, in the plane, or however else you plan on getting to your destination. Take a look at some of the travel tips that your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic recommend before you leave for vacation.

  • Support your back while sitting - Whether you are in a car or plane, most seats won't be able to offer the best support for your lower back so you will need to do something to make up for that on your own. You can avoid potential back pain by investing in a lumbar pillow or using a rolled-up towel or blanket to fit your back's natural curve.
  • Take breaks - Sitting in an uncomfortable position for extended periods of time can create tension and pain in your body, so try to get up and move every 30 minutes or so. Pull over for stretching breaks while on the road or get up and walk the aisles of the plane. Just move as often as you can.
  • Lift properly - If you have a teenage daughter, you know what heavy suitcases feel like and are probably wondering how she managed to make it all fit, right? But putting the jokes aside, be sure to lift those suitcases with the correct technique. Bend your knees, avoid twisting at your spine, and ask for help if you need it.
  • Wear appropriate footwear - The right kind of shoes can really make or break a vacation, so choose wisely. If you know that you are going to be walking a lot or standing in long lines for extended amounts of time make sure you are wearing supportive shoes. Your back will thank you later.

Here's to a Great Vacation

Your vacation is a time to rest, relax, and rejuvenate. It's not the time to nurse an aching, sore back, so take the necessary precautions that will keep that from happening! Making smart choices before you expect to arrive at your destination will help you enjoy the trip so much more!

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

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