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Tips To Help You Stay Pain Free While Traveling
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I was so fortunate a short while ago, to be approached by a Professional Chiropractor who wished to contribute a guest post, offering to write about a few very helpful tips on how to Stay Pain Free While Traveling.
Over the years, I’ve sustained a number of injuries, which as I’ve grown older, have contributed to a number areas of my body that now have arthritis.
I workout regularly, eat well, but also see my local chiropractor on a regular basis. I know for a fact, he has helped my overall health and wellness, tremendously.
For those baby boomers out there and anyone else for that matter, I urge you to consider visiting a chiropractor for a safe and natural way to prevent and relieve your overall aches and pains, so that you can continue to lead an active healthy lifestyle.
I hope you enjoy this guest post from a professional chiropractor doctor as much as I have.
Read On! 🙂
You’ve worked extremely hard your entire life to reach a point where you could travel and enjoy all the world has to offer.
There are destinations all around the globe that have filled up your bucket list and now that you have reached the age you are at, you are ready to start heading out to enjoy some of these exotic locations.
The only thing that’s standing in your way is the fact that every time you travel, it seems like you spend the entire time nursing a sore back.
Whether you have driven to somewhere within the States or hopped a plane to do some globetrotting, you are going to be putting your body in a position that it isn’t used to. The result can cause back pain due to traveling.
The good news is, you don’t have to worry about that anymore!
With these helpful tips for staying back pain free, you can plan your next vacation without having to even think about packing up your pain relievers and enjoy 🛳 Healthy Travel always.
Avoid Back Pain After Flight by Stretching Hips and Legs
You settle into your decently comfortable seat on the airplane and wait for the aircraft to take off. It could be a short flight of a couple of hours or one that goes halfway around the world.
Either way, you are limited to a minimal amount of space for moving around. After a while, you start shifting and squirming in your chair. The level of comfort that was there but limited at the beginning, has now completely gone out the window!
One reason for that is because your spine is meant to be in motion. When you sit for too long, the muscles around it start to tighten up putting even more pressure on it. That pressure turns into lower back pain!
You can prevent it from happening by getting up and moving around every 20 to 30 minutes. Even if it’s a short walk down the aisle and back; ten seconds of movement is better than no movement at all.
Sitting still for too long can result in something called deep vein thrombosis, or blood clots forming in the legs. There can be pain and swelling that occur, but in some instances, there are no symptoms.
If a blood clot forms and then breaks loose, you could end up blocking the blood flow to your lungs resulting in a pulmonary embolism. 🙁
You won’t have to worry too much about that on a short flight, but if you are going to be on a plane for an extended period of time, like traveling to Asia for instance, moving and stretching every half hour is extremely important!
If you can’t get out of your seat, ✈ Do Some Stretching on your hips and legs by straightening out your legs and reaching for your feet.
Any motion that you can do from where you are seated that allows you to stretch your muscles, is going to relieve some of the tension and stiffness on the hip flexors and hamstrings.
Those body parts remaining immobile for too long also leads to low back pain.
There are going to be times that you have no choice but to stay in a seated position for an extended period. While you are doing that, make sure to keep your posture as perfect as possible.
It is the best way to support your spine and put it in its natural positioning to avoid pain and discomfort.
How To Travel In A Car With A Bad Back
You may already be dealing with a bad back, so the idea of getting into a car to drive across the country to visit your favorite location can be a bit daunting.
You don’t want to miss out on these experiences though, and there are ways that you can get through the trip without adding to your pain and discomfort.
Get yourself a quality lumbar pillow to sit with in the vehicle. Even if you have one of those fancy vehicles with the lumbar support in the seat, you should at least bring one along with you in case you need to add another layer of protection to your back.
It should sit above the hips and below the small of the back.
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If someone else is going to be doing the driving and you’re going to be in the automobile for a while, you are probably going to take a little snooze at some point.
Sleeping in a car can be extremely uncomfortable. Even more than that, you can really put your spine out of alignment if you are slouched over in unnatural positions.
By using a neck pillow, you can keep everything in better alignment to prevent unnecessary pressure that leads to back pain.
A few other pointers to keep in mind while traveling in the car include;
➡ Adjust the seat to a comfortable position;
➡ Don’t carry your wallet in your pocket – it tilts the pelvis;
➡ Use the cruise control to rest your legs;
➡ Alternate your hand positioning;
➡ Take a break every few hours for stretching and movement.
Be Aware Of Your Luggage To Prevent Back Pain
Luggage is a big part of traveling. If you plan on doing a lot of it, spend the extra money and buy the quality kind with wheels on it. You can then roll your clothing and other personal items while you’re walking instead of carrying it next to you which makes your back work harder than it has to.
The less you have to lift, the fewer chances you have to strain or injure something.
It’s imperative that you never lift anything that’s too heavy for you. Think about everything that you are packing and decide whether or not it’s something that you really need.
If you can reduce the amount of stuff you are bringing, you won’t have such a heavy bag. You can pack several bags lighter if you can’t reduce the amount of things that you have to take with you.
It’s going to be much better for your back if you lift several light suitcases instead of one big heavy one.
When you are lifting, make sure that you keep your back straight and use your knees as a power source. Keep your suitcase close to your body and tighten up your core muscles to balance out your back.
If you are lifting your luggage up above you in an overhead container on an airplane, make sure that you do it in stages. Start with it on the floor and then move it to the seat.
From there, you can either move it to the top of the seat or up to the bin. Never try to go directly from the floor to the bin. It’s at the final range-of-motion point that most injuries occur.
By breaking it down into different stages, you won’t be straining to that level.
Visit A Chiropractor Before Travel For Pain Free Prevention
You might go and visit a chiropractor regularly already, or maybe you have never been to see one. If you haven’t, you could be wondering, what do chiropractors do for back pain?
The answer is pretty simple… they do a lot!
You might have heard friends or family complain about back pain and say that they need to go and see a chiropractor for it. There are about 35 million adults and children that see a chiropractor annually, so it’s a fairly common experience.
What you may not be aware of is the fact that you can use chiropractic treatments to prevent back pain, instead of waiting for it to happen and then trying to correct it.
Prevention is always going to be the best treatment for any kind of medical issue. If you could keep the back pain at bay the entire time you are on the road, wouldn’t you rather do that then worry about how to fix the problem when you get back home?
That can be pretty distracting to your trip!
By setting up an appointment with an experienced chiropractor, you can start the process of aligning your back. You may want to do this several months before your next planned trip because sometimes it can take a couple of visits to get things back where they are supposed to be.
It could be a bulging disk, arthritis, pinched nerves, sciatica, or a plethora of other problems that are leading you to be uncomfortable on a daily basis.
A chiropractor has the skills and knowledge to fix those conditions and alleviate the pain in a holistic way.
Your doctor may have prescribed you a regime of prescriptions to take to stay pain free, but that can be a nightmare when you’re trying to get through airport security checkpoints.
Think about how carefree your trip would be if you didn’t have to take any of those pharmaceutical drugs with you!
By getting regular care from a chiropractor, that could be a reality faster than you know it.
About Dr. Brent Wells
Dr. Brent Wells, D.C. has been a chiropractor for over 20 years and is considered as this year’s best chiropractor for back pain in Juneau. He founded Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab in Alaska in 1998 and is a member of the American Chiropractic Association and the American Academy of Spine Physicians.
Dr. Wells is also the author of over 700 online health articles that have been featured on sites such as Dr. Axe and Lifehack. He continues his education to remain active and updated in all studies related to neurology, physical rehab, biomechanics, spine conditions, brain injury trauma, and more.
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Safe and Healthy Travels! 🙂
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