Avoid Back Pain While Traveling
By Paul Rothbart
Traveling can be one of life's truly good times. Visiting new places, meeting people, eating local cuisine, soaking in the culture. Even just moving around from place to place can be a lot of fun. It can also be hard on your back. I once took a weeklong trip with a friend across four cities, seeing baseball games in each one. Between the time in the car, sitting in stadium seats, and sleeping in different hotel beds, I woke up one morning with terrible back pain. Whether you travel by car, train, or plane, this can happen to anyone. Here are some tips to minimize the risk of back pain and really enjoy your trip.
Yes, one of the reasons we travel is to get away from our usual routines. But exercise will keep your back strong and flexible. You don't have to do your regular workout, but try to get in some stretching and light calisthenics. Many hotels have gyms and swimming pools where you can get some quick exercise. In the morning before starting the daily itinerary is ideal. Take advantage of opportunities to walk while seeing the sights. Museums, zoos, and botanical gardens are great places to do this. I enjoy walking the streets of new cities.
Get Good Sleep
When you're traveling and having a great time, you want to get as much fun out of each day as possible. It's tempting to cut back on sleep. But your body needs just as much, if not more, sleep when on the road. You'll probably be doing things you normally don't do and be more active. Get your full night's sleep just as you would at home. For those who have trouble sleeping on a different bed, get a foam mattress topper. They roll up and are easy to pack and can give you the same support you are used to.
See a Chiropractor
Regular chiropractic care can keep your back strong and healthy all the time. You can avoid pain while working, playing, or traveling. A visit just before you leave for your trip is a good way to prepare your body. You can also see your chiropractor when you get back to take care of any issues that may have developed while traveling.
Traveling is fun and stimulating, but it can be hard on your back. Consider visiting The Joint Chiropractic before your trip. No appointment is needed and with more than 600 locations nationwide, there is sure to be one near the places you visit just in case you need an adjustment while traveling.
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Pearland, Tex.