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The Chiropractic Guide to Traveling

By Brandi Goodman

Spring break starts early for many Texas students. Though the date varies from one year to the next, a mid-March vacation is often the goal. Whether you plan on traveling for spring break or want to wait until summer hits, a chiropractic guide can help you make the most of it.

Carefully Consider Your Type of Travel

Your mode of transportation plays a major role in how you need to handle your travel experience. It's best to carefully consider the type of travel you need to do and the length of the trip. Spending 24 hours driving by car could leave you in a lot of pain compared to a few-hour plane ride. Take the shortest option whenever possible.

Stop at Rest Areas

If you're driving, you're going to need regular stops. It's important that you get out and stretch your legs every chance you get. Vow to stop at all rest areas you pass so you can take a bathroom break if needed and have time to stretch out your body and loosen your limbs. 

Get an Adjustment Before and After Travels

Don't forget to get an adjustment from The Joint before you head out on your travels. You want to be sure no joint restrictions are in place that could have you feeling sore and out of sorts. It's also wise to get an adjustment upon arrival back home so any stiffness that developed during your travels can be eased before you have to return to school or work.

Use a Lumbar Support Cushion

No matter if you're traveling by plane, train, or automobile, you're going to want to keep a lumbar support cushion behind your back. Sitting in a seat for even a few hours at a time can leave your back stiff and sore. You want to keep the cushion behind your lower back and sit up as straight as possible for the best chance of maintaining your posture and avoiding deep discomfort.

Book an Aisle Seat

If possible, you're going to want to book an aisle seat. This goes for both plane and train rides. Sitting near the aisle allows you more room to stretch when needed. You can also get up quickly if you need to head toward the bathroom -- even if just to stretch out your legs and get the blood flowing again in your body. Being near a window with people in your way can make it difficult to get up as easily and keeps you confined.

Traveling doesn't have to leave you feeling sore and exhausted. Keep these chiropractic tips in mind so you can have a far better vacation than you otherwise might have. Returning home well-rested and pain-free should allow you to feel rejuvenated enough to return to the daily grind.

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

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