With many of us ready to begin our journeys for summer holidays, Dr. Pam & I thought it would be a good idea to write to you on this topic. Unfortunately, summer holiday fun can be cut short or even ruined by careless travel habits. Therefore, instead of winding up relaxing on some faraway beach, some of us find ourselves lying in some hotel bed unable to move.
Here’s some suggestions to prevent you spoiling your holiday and winding up at the chiropractor:
1. Pack early & light this especially applies to the ladies (question: do you really need those two suit cases filled with shoes?)
2. Use a suitcase with rollers.
3. Bend and lift the luggage with your knees/legs to protect your back. Even better, have someone else lift your heavy luggage; it’s worth the small cost.
4. Buy and use a travel pillow to support your neck during airline travel and use a lumbar cushion or pillow to support your lower back during airline travel or long road trips.
5. Try to get up and move around during a long flight or make a stop during road travel every hour.
6. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water during the trip.
7. Sleep on your side with a pillow between your knees or on your back with a pillow under your legs. There are different qualities of mattresses, not all are supportive or good for your back
8. Stretch in the morning prior to showering. This simple routine can really go a long way.
9. Listen to your body: if you get a sudden twinge or pain, generally it’s a good idea to apply ice to the area of complaint for 15-20 minutes as soon as possible to reduce pain or inflammation. If the complaint worsens or lasts longer than 48 hrs get checked out immediately before traveling again. In closing, we wish you a great travel season filled with sun and fun try to follow the above advice and don’t forget to book an appointment with us for when you return for a check-up.
Dr. Pamela Leader and Dr. Gerry Nastasia