As the weather warms up you may find yourself planning a summer vacation. Whether you are staying local or traveling abroad, don’t let the possibility of back pain stop you from enjoying a relaxing break during these warmer months. Seattle Chiropractor Justin Favreau has tips to keep you pain-free so you can sit back and relax on your time off.
Air travel and road trips both involve hours of sitting that can cause pain and discomfort before you even get to your destination. If you are driving, maintain good posture throughout the car ride and be sure to stop for breaks every few hours. If you are flying, request an aisle seat. It is not always possible, but when given the opportunity take the aisle seat for more legroom and comfort. While on the plane, try to get up and stretch every hour if you can.
You want to make sure you have everything you need for your trip. However, this can lead to over packing and a heavy suitcase. Plan out what you are going to wear every day before you pack and only bring what you know you are going to use. The lighter luggage will be easier to carry and will put less pressure on your back.
Bring Your Own Pillow
Hotel mattresses are notorious for lacking support, and the pillows are not much better. Bringing your own pillow will result in a better night’s sleep so you will wake up pain-free and ready to relax on vacation.
Alternate Days of Activity
Vacation is the time to try new things! The opportunities you might have on vacation are not ones you want to miss out on, but be careful. Know your body and don’t put too much stress on your back every day. Alternating the days you participate in strenuous activity will allow for your body to rest and be prepared for the next day’s adventures.
Summer vacations are a time for fun and relaxation; the last thing you want to worry about is back pain or injury. These steps will help prevent the possibility of back pain, but remember to seek help if you are feeling any discomfort. Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) is a highly advanced, scientific, and proven chiropractic technique which corrects and restores your spine back to alignment. If you are experiencing back pain and are in the Seattle area, visit Stability Health Center to see if CBP can help you.