Tips for TravellingJanuary for a lot of people means holidays. Trips away are always fantastic and looked forward to all year however all too often I see patients in pain when they return. Frequently patients complain of neck and lower back pain after travelling; here are a few tips to help you whilst you are away.

Bring your Own Supports

  • If you know you are prone to suffering spinal pain when travelling be proactive
  • Use a neck pillow or lumbar cushion to support your spine
  • Take your own pillow when you go away
  • Do the exercises your chiropractor has given you
  • Use a hot shower to mimic a heat pack whilst away

Lifting Luggage 

  • Bend at the knees
  • Use your low back muscles, not your spine to lift
  • Don’t twist when lifting or carrying
  • Carry backpacks on both shoulders
  • Pack light, just bring what you need

Move Move Move

  • Don’t get stuck in one position for too long
  • If you’re on a plane get up every hour and walk around
  • If you’re driving stop every two hours and go for a walk
  • Try to maintain good posture, head and shoulders back, don’t slouch

Hydration and Nutrition

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Eat well, plan ahead and avoid junk food

Stretches and Exercises – Things to do whilst in transit

  • Tuck your chin to stretch your neck
  • Roll your shoulders back and forth
  • Turn your neck side to side
  • Stand up and bend forward and backwards from the hips
  • Perform these as often as possible

If you have any questions regarding how to reduce pain when travelling or if you are stiff and sore when you return please don’t hesitate to contact me at Collie Chiropractic on 9734 2400 or reece@colliechiropractic.com.au