Back Pain Relief on the Road
Traveling with back pain can be frustrating and difficult. For most, the idea of spending a great deal of time on the road, cramped in a car may be enough to ruin your Holidays. However, by taking the appropriate precautions, you can turn your dreaded holiday travels into an enjoyable experience.
First, pack as lightly as you can. Do not overload suitcases that you may be lugging around to your destination. Lifting these items may irritate the muscles in your back and create unnecessary pain. If you must bring many things along with you, it is better to pack multiple suitcases with fewer items in each. And remember, always lift with your leg muscles; not your back!
If you will be carrying your luggage around, it might be a good idea to invest in a set of rolling suitcases. The wheels allow you to take a great deal of pressure off of your back and neck.
Proper Posture is the Key to Avoiding Back Pain
Sit properly. To avoid strains, stiffness and soreness, adjust the car seat so that you are sitting in an upright position. However, your seat should not be completely vertical, but slightly tilted back. Having the seat slightly tilted back helps to relieve some of the pressure on your spine.
Take some time to adjust the headrest to the correct height. According to the American Chiropractic Association, over 75 percent of drivers do not have their headrest set to the correct height. This is important as it will support your neck from slight movements caused by acceleration and braking.
Take Breaks to Stretch out your Back, Neck, and Legs
The best thing you can do for your back pain is to take frequent breaks. If you find yourself getting tired, pull over at rest stops or gas stations and get out of the car. Take this opportunity to stretch your legs, arms, back, and neck. Allow your body some time to get back into a natural standing position.
If you are not able to stop at a rest stop and stretch your muscles, take advantage of some of the natural breaks you may have while driving. When sitting at a stop light or waiting on a train, take this time to do some neck exercises such as side to side head turns. Along with that, bend your head so that your ear touches your shoulder on each side. Also, never underestimate the power of cruise control! Allowing your feet to rest comfortably on the floor for a while will help to relieve some of your lower back pain.
Natural Back Pain Relief in The Villages, Florida
If your back pain is to the point where you are dreading taking long trips and vacations, what’s stopping you from seeking chiropractic care? Davis Clinic of Chiropractic in The Villages, Florida has been helping residents relieve back and neck pain naturally – without the use of harmful surgeries or medications. Isn’t it about you time you relieve your pain once and for all?
From all of us at the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic, have a safe and very happy holiday!