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Posted on 11-01-2018
Traveling is a fun time, so you have to make sure you feel your best. One thing that most people don’t want to deal with is aches and pains from the travel time. No matter what type of traveling you are doing, follow these tips to help you keep those aches and pains at bay:
Whether you are sitting in a plane, train, or automobile, you need to make sure that you have proper posture. Your spine has an “S” curve that occurs naturally. You need to keep this curve when you are seated as you travel. You might need to use rolled up towels, blankets, or pillows when you travel. Some automobiles have lumbar supports that are adjustable that you can use. Make sure you use the headrest if one is available. You might need to place a small pillow between your neck and the headrest.
Plan to make stops frequently so you can get out and move around to stretch your back and muscles, so they don't ache. If you are the driver, hold the steering wheel firmly, but without gripping it too hard. You can reduce arm and hand tension by placing your hands at the 7 o’clock and 10 o’clock positions on the steering wheel. Tighten and loosen your grip to help decrease fatigue in the arm, fingers, and hands.
Try not to handle any bags that are too heavy. You should check bags if they weigh more than 5 to 10 percent of your own body weight. Trying to lift bags that are heavier than this can lead to a strain on the spine and supporting structures, especially if you have to lift them into overhead bins. If you have to place items under your seat, don’t try to jam them underneath. Instead, use controlled movements to get them into place.
Before your trip and when you return, contact our Clayton chiropractor for an adjustment. We will help you to deal with any soreness or pain that is bothering you before you go travel. Call 919-553-2225 today!
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