Chiropractic Traveling Tips
July is one of the most popular months to take a summer vacation. A vacation is a great way to relax, rejuvenate, and create lifelong memories with family and friends. However, traveling to your destination can be hard on your body – driving long distances, carrying heavy bags, waiting in line, and sitting in uncomfortable seats.
Prepare ahead of time so that you can enjoy your vacation more and spend more time relaxing. Here are a few chiropractic traveling tips:
Plan for Your Needs: When making your travel plans and reservations, plan for your needs. If you are tall, consider booking an aisle seat for the flight or renting a larger vehicle to accommodate everyone comfortably. Always make sure your seat and steering wheel can be adjusted as needed. If you are short and your feet tend to not touch the floor when seated, plan to bring support for your feet during the long travel.
Be Mindful of Your Posture and Support: Reduce stress on your spine with good posture. Keep your back aligned against the back of the seat, use the headrest, keep your shoulders straight, and rest both feet on the floor. When traveling on the road or in the air, consider bringing pillows to support your neck and back.
Move as Much as Possible: While you are sitting, try to change positions on occasion to increase circulation and avoid leg cramps. Between flights or during stops on the road, make time to walk around, move, and stretch. Long periods of sitting in the same position can lead to back and neck aches. Just five minutes of exercise at a rest stop can increase circulation, reduce stress on the spine, and increase energy. If you are on an airplane, stand up and move around as much as possible.
Stay Hydrated: Keep drinking water to rehydrate your body and help prevent circulatory problems. Remember that alcohol, coffee, or tea encourage dehydration.
Lift Carefully: Pack your bags as light as you can. Try to use a suitcase with wheels. Lift your luggage properly and carefully. Make sure you bend with the knees. Try to limit the bags you carry. If you must carry a bag, use a backpack with two straps to distribute the weight evenly. Check bags over 5-10 pounds.
These five tips will help you enjoy your vacation more. If you have any concerns, call Dr. Nicole Knapp to schedule an appointment before you leave to help you stay comfortable during your vacation. Also, consider scheduling an appointment for after your vacation so that you can be confident relief is on its way as you are traveling home!