Travel Tips for Back and Hips

Whether you travel by car, bus, train, or airplane, hours of sitting can leave your body tired, stiff and sore. Here are some tips to help you sit, and travel, more comfortably:

Are You Driving?  Make sure your head rest does not push your head forward.  On long trips, change your seat position. Move it from front to back for variety periodically. Stop often, hourly is good even for just a few minutes to walk around.

Support Your Back. Using a support behind your back, such as a small pillow, may reduce the risk of back strain, pain or injury. The widest part of the support should be between the bottom of your rib cage and your waistline.

Exercise Your Legs. If you’ll be sitting for a long period of time, reduce the risk of swelling, fatigue or discomfort by stretching or massaging your legs. Try spreading your toes as wide as you can, and count to 10. Try raising your bent legs towards your body in an up and down motion. Flex your calf, thigh and buttock muscles.

Are You Flying? Check all heavy bags; your carry on bag should be light and easy to lift.

For more information contact Whittington Chiropractic.


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