A few things tend to increase for some of us during the holiday season, and travel is one of the most common examples. For those who have dealt with neck or back pain in the past, avoiding these sorts of issues during any kind of holiday travel is often a key priority.
At Apollo Chiropractic, we provide high-quality chiropractic care, massage therapy and related services for numerous patient needs around Salt Lake City, including neck and back pain treatments for a variety of specific pain issues. In this two-part blog series, we’ll go over some general tips from our chiropractors that will help you stay free of frustrating and painful neck or back issues during any sort of holiday travel you’re engaging in this year.
Consider a Neck Pillow
For those who will be traveling by plane or train during the holiday season, one of the most valuable tools in your arsenal for preventing neck pain is a high-quality neck pillow. These are designed specifically to support your head and neck while you sleep in an upright position, which can otherwise lead to serious aches and pains.
Look for pillows with adjustable features that allow you to customize them to your comfort level. Additionally, make sure to select a pillow that offers adequate neck support – this will depend on your specific preferences and needs.
Luggage Weight and Considerations
Another major area to consider for those who will be traveling this holiday season: Luggage weight and how you handle it. Lifting and carrying heavy luggage can put a significant strain on your neck and back muscles, particularly if you’re dealing with pre-existing pain or sensitivity in these areas.
Whenever possible, opt for a rolling suitcase rather than one you need to carry – this will save your muscles a great deal of stress. If you do need to carry luggage, make sure to keep it close to your body and avoid awkward or uncomfortable positions that could lead to pain. Additionally, try not to overpack – only bring what you absolutely need for the trip.
If you know that you’ll be flying during the holiday season, try to book an aisle seat if possible. This will give you more space to stretch and move around, which can ease any tension or stiffness in your neck or back. If you’re unable to secure an aisle seat, make sure to regularly get up and walk around during the flight to keep your muscles loose and prevent pain.
In part two of our series, we’ll go over some important additional areas like stretching and exercise, hydration and proper posture to keep in mind during any holiday travels you have planned this year. To learn more about our chiropractic services or to schedule an appointment, contact us at Apollo Chiropractic today. Our team is here to help you stay healthy and pain-free during the busy holiday season!