Love travelling as much as we do? Vacations can be a great opportunity to relax and recharge. Whether you’re flying to a tropical destination or simply heading up to the cabin, holidays are always a welcome event.
Despite the time away, chiropractors often see patients after their recent vacation or a long weekend. Why? Because they didn’t consider their back while travelling. The following 5 tips may assist in keeping your back safe from injury during your holiday and beyond:
Tip 1: Pack It Light
Heavy luggage can wreak havoc on your spine. Choose a lightweight suitcase that is easy to maneuver (4 wheels are the best!) and an ergonomic backpack as your carry on. Ever noticed that you didn’t use at least 30% of what you packed? Be considerate of what you put in your luggage as you will be hauling it around for the duration of your trip.
Tip 2: Watch Those Lifts
One of the most common causes of back and spine injury is lifting. This includes picking up those bags and placing them in and out of the trunk of your car. Lifts over the head put you at an increased risk of injury, so be extra careful when lifting your luggage in and out of the overhead storage bins on airplanes.
Tip 3: Move & Stretch
Vacations usually involve long commutes. If you are travelling by car, take advantage of the rest stops along the way to allow yourself (and your passengers) to stretch. When on a plane, get up every so often to stretch and walk the aisles (once the captain switches off the seatbelt sign of course!). Movement is key to keeping a healthy back.
Download Straighten Up App – a free, easy-to-perform posture program developed by Canada’s chiropractors.
Tip 4: Stay Hydrated
Stay well hydrated. Up to 60% of the human adult body is water, so it makes sense that we need to drink plenty of it. Bring bottles of water along with you for especially long vehicle commutes. While travelling by plane, bring a reusable water bottle. You’ll be able to fill it up once you get through the airport security check, as every major airport has water fountains (usually located by bathrooms).
Tip 5: Keep Calm
Travelling can be stressful, so do your best to keep calm and try to relax. Keep your eyes on the prize – your destination ahead (how exciting!!) or if you’re heading home, think of all of the wonderful new memories that you have made.
Remember to take time to move, stretch and relieve the stress from travel. Making smart choices throughout your travels will help you to enjoy your vacation comfortably and arrive back home feeling better. If travelling took a toll on your back, visit a local chiropractor.