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Avoiding Aches and Pains While Traveling

By Stepy Kamei

We live in a global world, and these days it's easier than ever to hop in a car or an a plane and take off to a new and exciting destination. Whether you're visiting family or going on a vacation, few things match the excitement of getting to travel. However, it can't be denied that sometimes, traveling can be a pretty physically uncomfortable experience. Sure, if you've got the dough to spring for those fancy private cabins on world-class flights, maybe you'll be just fine. But let's be honest -- the vast majority of us are either cramped into tiny plane seats, or confined to a car seat for hours at a time. This is why so many travelers end up complaining to their primary caregivers about aches and pains upon returning from their trips. 

However, there are things you can do while traveling -- and even things to prepare before your trip -- to mitigate the chances of experiencing aches and pains throughout the trip, so you can simply sit back and enjoy your time at your destination. Keep on reading to pick up some helpful hints and tips!

Staying Flexible While on an Airplane

For starters, you should stretch in the airport before you even board the plane. Stand up and keep your limbs moving before you get on the plane where you'll be sitting in a cramped position for at least a few hours. If you have heavy baggage, it's best to check it so as to avoid lifting it over your head while on the plane. This can prevent injuries to your neck and back muscles which may start your trip off on the wrong foot.

While on the plane, stand up and move around the aisle every two hours if you can to encourage blood circulation. It's also helpful to perform leg lifts in order to prevent blood clots. While sitting, simply plant your feet on the floor and lift your heels up and down in reps of five every hour or so.

Keeping Comfortable While Driving

Many of these tips can be applied to car travel, as well. However, if you're driving, be sure to take the time to adjust your seat and wheel positions so you're not straining your body too much while driving. You may also want to invest in a cushion for back and lumbar support.

Seeing a Chiropractor

Finally, consider seeing a chiropractor on a regular basis in order to keep your health in tip-top shape before and after any trips you may take. Come on in to The Joint Chiropractic clinic nearest you to get started on a path to better overall well-being.

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

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