Summer is here! The kids are about to be out of school and vacation time is right around the corner.
If you're going to be one of the millions of people traveling this summer, avoiding neck and back pain is a must. Whether you're driving to the beach or taking a plane to somewhere exotic, these tips will help make sure you arrive at your destination feeling good and ready to relax. Did you know that a North Raleigh chiropractor, like Dr. Rick, can help you with reoccurring muscle and joint pain? We're the local experts for drug-free neck and back pain relief. Call us today for an appointment.
Preventing Summer Travel Pains
Traveling by Car
In today's post, we are going to be focusing on how to protect your back from pain symptoms while traveling by car. Since many of us that live in the Triangle area are going to be heading to the beach or the mountains over the summer, driving will be the most likely mode of transportation. Check out these tips below.
First, be sure to empty out your back pockets. If you're a male, carrying a stuffed wallet in your back pocket can shift your body to one side. Next, make sure the driver's seat has been raised enough so you can clearly see the road. If the seat cannot be raised, grab a cushion or pillow so you can maintain the right height. Next, try to adjust the seat's angle. You do not want to be sitting for long periods of time with your knees higher than your hips. This could flatten out the spine and rotate the pelvis, which causes bad posture - and bad posture equals pain. If you cannot adjust the seat's angle, try a seat wedge to prevent this shifting.
Now, you should move the driver's seat forward so you can easily reach all the pedals without having to overextend your legs. However, do not be so close to the steering wheel that it's pressing against your legs.
For the back of the seat, be sure it's adjusted so the entire length of your spine has proper support. Reclining the seat too far will make you crane your neck, and the over-stretching can create pain symptoms. You should also make sure the seat's back lumbar support is fitted to the small of your back. There should not be any gaps between your lower back and the seat, if possible.
Odds and Ends
Make sure your steering wheel is adjusted to the right height for your body. It should be high enough so that your thighs do not rub the wheel and low enough so that you can easily see the display panel. Also grip the steering wheel with both hands. Only using one hand is not safe and it can create unwanted rotation in the spine, which can cause pain.
Also make needed adjustments to all of the car's mirrors. You should not have to overextend, twist, or turn your back and neck too much when checking them.
If you're traveling this summer for a vacation, or even business, be sure to use these tips to your advantage. You'll feel better because your pain symptoms will be reduced. If you're having mobility issues, suffering from muscle and joint pain, or just want to feel normal again, keep reading to see how Falls Chiropractic and Injury can help you. Don't miss our next post that will cover traveling by plane as well as the other posts in this series for more information on how to keep a healthy back this summer.
- Keep a Healthy Backs at the Beach this Summer
- Travel Tips for a Healthy Summer Back | Flying
- Avoiding Beach Back Pains
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