Back safe travel tips for this summer from our Staines Chiropractor

bad back travelThe summer holidays are here and to many young families across the country that can mean only one thing, holiday time! Wherever you’re going or whatever you’re doing for your holidays, you’re likely to spend a lot of the time travelling.

It can be the worst part of a holiday and it can also be the most damaging on the back. As leading Staines chiropractors we have some useful advice for you to bear in mind this year.

Before you go

There are few things you can do before heading off on your travels that will stand you in good stead and they mainly revolve around luggage;

  • First of all, pack only what you need and travel light.
  • Consider how you will carry your luggage. As leading Staines Chiropractors we would always always recommend luggage with wheels. If this isn’t possible a strong rucksack which distributes the weight evenly will do a good job.
  • Finally on luggage, two bags are better than one. Share the load.

If you’re driving

  • Ensure your driving position is correct. You want a slight bend at the elbows when your hands are on the steering wheel.
  • Take regular breaks. We know the temptation to get to your destination as quick as possible is strong but it is important to take regular breaks and stretch out. Every 1 or 2 hours will be ok.
  • Don’t wear tight and restrictive clothing.
  • Keep hydrated.

On a bus, train or plane

  • Keep hydrated and relaxed – As with above it is important you keep hydrated as dehydration will exaggerate muscle pains.
  • Do some exercises – You will be stuck in your seat for a long time, so make sure you are doing a few seat exercises to keep your blood circulating and your body limbered up.
  • Go for walks – When you can get up and about, do it and stretch off.
  • Remember to lift your luggage properly and avoid over stretching or lifting too heavy a bag (your prep work should come in useful here).

For more useful advice on keeping your back and neck safe whilst on your summer holidays please get in touch.

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