Summer vacations are returning to normal after the scary and uncertain year of 2020 put most such plans on hold.
But whether you get to your destination from a plane flight or a long car ride, sitting for long periods of time in a cramped space can cause pain and discomfort in any number of your joints. You certainly wouldn’t want to lessen the fun and relaxation of your vacation due to pain from travel or other activities.
“We commonly have patients come back from vacations with an increase in leg and low back pain from overdoing it on vacations.” says Dr. Austin Mennen “If you are planning a vacation where you plan on doing lots of walking, hiking, boating, or any physical activity, make sure you spend the weeks leading up to it increasing your activity. You don’t need to be hitting the weights like Arnold, or swimming like Phelps, but taking a 10 minute walk daily will help increase your endurance as well as recovery for your summer vacations.”
Here are some ways to reduce or avoid those “travel aches” so you can enjoy your trip to the fullest.
Rest and stretch frequently
This may seem obvious, but it’s no less important. If you’re on a long car trip, it’s important to stop every so often and stretch your legs and back. This will help minimize any cramping and strain on your joints from sitting in a tight space for an extended period. Even if the vehicle has plenty of room, you still need to be able to move and flex your joints and get the blood circulating to avoid cramps, tingling, or spasms.
It also helps to adjust your seat every so often, if possible. Raise and lower the backrest as needed and try to position your knees slightly above your hips. Remember to hydrate as well. Dehydration can contribute to aches and muscle tension, so try to at least have a bottle of water handy at all times.
Travel lightly and try to maximize comfort
If you’re flying, try to travel as lightly as you can. This means you’ll have less to carry in and out of the airport, which usually requires lengthy walks. Ease your burden with less bags, if possible.
When on the plane, neck pillows are your friend. These pillows are comfortable to rest on and will keep your neck stable and prevent too much movement, which helps if you’re reading or napping.
If it’s a lengthy flight, try to stand up and stretch or walk a few steps whenever possible. Request an aisle seat if you can – this will allow you a little more space and you’ll disturb less people when you want to move around.
These are just a few simple reminders to help you maintain comfort and minimize any aches and pains when traveling, so you can enjoy your trip as much as possible. For more information or questions on the benefits of chiropractic care, visit www.sycamoreintegratedhealth.com or call 815-895-3354.
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Sycamore, IL 60178