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Say Bye-Bye to Travel Pains: How to Avoid Aches during Summer Travel

Summer is here and whether you are traveling for vacation or business, whether car or plane, it’s always important to take care of your body as you’ll be cramped in a small area for an extended amount of time.

Spending hours on the road or in the air can really put a hurting on your neck and back. Thankfully, your McAllen chiropractors at Hendrick Wellness Center have a few valuable tips to help limit travel pains.  

A Few Pointers When Traveling by Air

  1. Use a rolled-up towel or buy a support pillow and place it in the curve of the lower back. Then use another pillow to support the neck. If the seat is indented from use, then fold a blanket to raise your bottom a little.
  2. When putting bags under the seat in front of you, do not force your luggage with any awkward motions using your legs, feet or arms. This may cause muscle strain or spasms in your upper thighs and lower back muscles. Gently glide the bag underneath the seat in front of you once you are seated.
  3. Do not sit under the air blower because cold air can cause tension in the neck and shoulder muscles. You can use a blanket to keep out the cold air.
  4. When seated, try to move occasionally to get your blood flowing. You can massage your calves and legs to prevent leg cramps. Bring your legs in and move your knees up and down. You can also rest your legs on a book or a bag under your seat.
  5. Pack light; overhead lifting of any significant amount of weight should be avoided to reduce the risk of pain in the lower back or neck. While lifting your bags, stand in front of the overhead compartment so that your spine isn’t rotated.

 

A Couple of Tips to Prevent Travel Aches When Driving

 

  1. Be close to the steering wheel, but not too close were you can’t drive properly. Adjust your seat so you are as close as comfortably possible. Your knees should also be slightly higher than your hips.
  2. To reduce arm and hand tension while driving, hold the steering wheel at 2 o’clock and 7 o’clock, and regularly switch to 10 o’clock and 5 o’clock.
  3. Buy a back supporting pillow; using back support may reduce the extent of low back strain and pain. The widest part of the support should be between the bottom of your rib cage and your waistline.
  4. You can also exercise your legs very carefully while driving to reduce the risk of any swelling, fatigue or discomfort. Open your toes as wide as you can, then count to 10 and release.
  5. For your back and shoulders, roll your shoulders forward and back. Just make sure to keep your hands on the steering wheel and your eyes on the road while doing so.
  6. Take as many breaks as necessary. Pull over at the nearest gas station or rest stop and take a walk to the restroom or buy a couple of snacks.

By taking precautions when traveling, you can have a good time with family and friends, rather than sitting out because you hurt yourself getting to your destination.

Are you going on a summer trip and don’t want to deal with back pain? Or did you tweak your back over vacation? Your friendly McAllen chiropractors at Hendrick Wellness can help you get rid of that discomfort. Contact Hendrick Wellness Center at (956) 630-2255 to schedule an appointment or to learn more about how we can help you.

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