Traveling can take its toll on the body. Whether by car, airplane or some other mode of transportation, sitting for long hours in a cramped space can cause muscle ache and pain and leave you feeling, sore, stiff and in some cases, stressed.
Sitting in one place for long periods can cause pressure to the joints and areas that make contact with the seat. This can result in restricted blood flow and pressure in the blood vessels.
There are a number of things travelers can do to alleviate this pressure as well as muscle ache and pain that results from traveling. Some of the top travel tips from your Sewell chiropractor include:
Do not carry or lift heavy luggage on your own. When you do lift baggage items, use proper form. Bend at the knees and do not rotate the spine at an awkward angle.
Seating On the Plane
Maintaining an “S” curve on your spine can help relieve the stress of airplane travel. Tuck pillows behind your beltline, back, and neck to ease stress on the body while traveling and result in fewer aches and pains once you reach your destination.
To Maintain Circulation
Strive to take a walk up and down the aisle regularly to ensure good circulation throughout the trip. Change position in your seat regularly as well, and massage any areas you feel cramping up.
If you are the driver, adjust the seat close to the steering wheel and yet not cramped, knees a bit higher than the hips. Consider using a back support in the driver’s seat to reduce low back strain.
Stretch and warm up before a car trip as well. Shift in your seat regularly to avoid cramps, and take breaks from the road regularly to walk around and stretch your legs. Vary your visual focal point regularly to avoid tension headaches and eye fatigue.
Comfort is key for stress-free and injury-free travel. However, if you do suffer from a muscle strain or spinal misalignment during the trip, your Sewell chiropractor can assist with issues related to travel ache and pain. Call us today at 856-269-457 to set up an appointment.
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