Is that Holiday Trip Hurting your Back?
by Martin Henderson
There are a few steps you can take to make holiday travel easier this season and every season.
Forget the deals on Black Friday, this advice is free.
In the Sky
Keep your carry-ons light.
Think of it this way: the lighter your load, the easier the plane will get off the ground.
Get up and stretch
(if your flight is a long one), don’t be afraid to walk down the aisle to stretch your legs and spread some holiday cheer while restoring the circulation in your legs and arms.
your legs or prop your feet on a bag in order to change positions. And if you want to exercise, you can rock your feet back and forth from heel to toe. Don’t forget about scrunching the toes and then releasing to let go of stress.
Wear comfortable shoes.
The runway is for planes, not models; comfort is more important than fashion.
On the Road
- If you feel yourself getting sleepy or tired, nothing is worth the risk of not pulling over and resting, having a refreshment to wake you, or just calling it a night.
- To make yourself more comfortable and reduce the chance of suffering you should probably use some sort of back support. You can roll up a towel and place it behind your lower back.
- Drive and roll your shoulders forward and backward to reduce the stress in them, or tightening and releasing the calf and thigh muscles. If you’ve got cruise control, you really are living the high life.
A visit to Papakura South Chiropractic beforehand for a tune-up could be a real benefit as well. Nobody wants to get to their destination and suffer with back or neck pain because they didn’t follow a few common sense rules.
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