Holiday Travel Pain Avoidance: Lumbar, Breaks, Seatbelt

In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked at some initial chiropractor tips on how to avoid neck, back and similar kinds of pain during potentially increased holiday travel this time of year. Many people travel more over this period of time, and whether you’re doing so by plane, car, train or any other form of travel, knowing how to keep your body in good shape can be quite valuable. 

At Apollo Chiropractic, we’re here to offer a wide range of services to help patients limit and eliminate back, neck and other forms of pain, from chiropractic care to massage therapy, personal therapy and more. While part one of our series went over topics like neck pillows, luggage considerations and choosing the ideal seating, today’s part two will look into some other basic tips on how to keep neck and back pain away during holiday travel. 

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Ensuring, Or Creating, Lumbar Support

One concept that applies to any form of transportation is the importance of lumbar support. The lower back plays a huge role in stabilizing and supporting the upper body, so having it in good health and avoiding strain here is important. 

In many cases, vehicles won’t offer much in the way of built-in lumbar support – not to worry, though, as there are several ways you can add this kind of support on your own. This could include foldable lumbar pillows, rolled-up towels or even just a small cushion placed behind your lower back. 

Frequent Breaks

One common mistake among travelers is trying to make too much time, leading them to avoid necessary rest stops and other breaks. These are important for several reasons: They allow the body to stretch and move around, they promote better circulation, and they help prevent fatigue that could lead to posture and injury risks. 

On long flights or car rides, consider setting a timer for every two hours as a reminder to get up and walk around for at least five minutes. On planes, you can also perform simple stretches in your seat. For those seated in the middle or aisle, you can stand in the back of the plane and stretch your neck, shoulders and legs. 

Wearing a Seatbelt

While you may not have connected the two, wearing a seatbelt actually has a major impact on your posture and spinal health during travel. This is true whether you’re driving or simply riding in the vehicle – not only does it promote safety, but it also prevents sudden movements that could cause strain or other issues. 

For more tips on avoiding neck and back pain during holiday travel, or to learn about any of our chiropractic or massage therapy services, speak to the staff at Apollo Chiropractic today. Don’t let pain ruin your holiday travel plans – follow these tips and enjoy a happy, healthy trip!