Taking time to travel is a great experience. Traveling can encourage healthy living and can reduce stress. However, we have to get to our destinations, and holding still or sitting in awkward positions sometimes results in aches and pains. Some things to keep in mind whether traveling by train, plane, or car:
Take time to warm up and cool down. Take a walk around and do a few stretches. Moving gently before and after sitting for a long time can save you from aches and pains in the following days.
Do your best to sit up straight and maintain a “neutral spine” which should look like an “S” from a side-view. Consider using a pillow or lumbar support.
Move as often as you can, whether it’s finding a rest stop, getting up to walk or shifting in your seat. If safe to do so, massage your legs and calves.
Check your bag or find assistance for all luggage heavier than 5-10% of your body weight. Lift with your legs and do not twist while lifting or reaching over head. When stowing or reaching for bags below you, don’t use force while in an awkward position.
Use air conditioning settings wisely. Sometimes cool air can lead to tension in neck and shoulder muscles.
You may find that despite your best efforts, you have aches and pains you can’t shake. Chiropractic care can help identify joint restrictions and muscle imbalances and guide you toward wellness. Be Well!