Vacations and travel are really exciting parts of summer. This is a time for exploring and spending time with family and friends. It can be hard to avoid back pain when traveling.
Lower back pain after long car rides or airplane rides is due to the constant sitting and lack of movement. Learning to manage this problem is necessary if you plan to travel long distances. The body becomes stiff and gets spinal subluxations from constant sitting because it needs to move and stretch regularly. Subluxations and stiffness in the spine will inevitably cause back pain. You can take frequent breaks like stopping for stretch breaks. Here are some tips to help you avoid aches and pains during your trip:
- Do some upper body and lower body stretches before and after sitting for long periods.
- Exercise your legs while sitting, to reduce the risk of swelling or discomfort. Open your toes as wide as you can and count to ten. Count to five while you tighten your calf muscles.
- Roll your shoulders forward and back. Shift your position periodically. Even 10 seconds of movement and stretching is better than sitting still. Try to change your position every 15 to 20 minutes as long as it’s safe.
- Keep your back pockets empty. Sitting on your wallet or anything else could throw your spine out of alignment.
These all are great ways to help you avoid aches and pains, but the best way to avoid back pain is to get a chiropractic adjustment before you travel.
Chiropractors help you avoid back pain because they prepare the back for traveling. Chiropractors will check the spine for restrictions and remove them, which will lead to less discomfort. Routine chiropractic adjustments can help you stay in good health and prevent back pain in the future. Getting in a couple of visits before you travel prepares your body and back. Furthermore, if you get an adjustment after traveling, you can have any restrictions you acquired along the way removed.