Got the travel bug?
Have you finally saved up enough money to take that trip around the world?
Or, maybe you've got your van loaded up, and you are ready to drive across the country.
Maybe it's just time for your annual summer vacation.
Whatever the reason, you might end up in an airplane, a bus, or your car for an extended period of time.
Then you might end up in a less than comfortable hotel bed, or an air mattress at the in-laws.
Even though you're okay with the sacrifice because you like to travel and see family, your spine isn't going to be as thrilled.
In the article below, we'll discuss what travel can do to your spine and how chiropractic care can help.
Table Of Contents
- Common Musculoskeletal and Health Problems
- Why You Should See A Chiropractor Before Traveling
- Chiropractic Techniques That Help Travelers
- Contact The Arrowhead Clinic Before Your Next Trip
Common Musculoskeletal and Health Problems Associated with Travel
If you travel often or just once year, there are several health problems you might experience related to traveling activities.
They include, but are not limited to:
- Musculoskeletal pain from sitting or sleeping in uncomfortable positions.
- Digestive problems relating to eating new foods.
- Injury from participation in outdoor activities like hiking, surfing, swimming and other recreational sports.
- Difficulty sleeping because of musculoskeletal pain.
Why You Should See A Chiropractor Before Traveling
There are many reasons you should see a chiropractor before you embark out on your next journey.
Firstly, chiropractic care will help you stay healthy while you're away.
Spinal adjustments will help improve the communication between your brain and the rest of your body.
This improves the function of your immune system and can help you avoid illness while you're away.
Chiropractic care will also make those long car/bus/airplane rides more bearable.
Long rides that have you sitting in the same place for extended periods can strain the muscles in your back and neck, leading to back pain, hip pain, and neck pain.
Spinal adjustments, along with stretches and exercising, can help you avoid that pain while you travel.
Your chiropractor will give you practical advice for avoiding injury while you're gone.
So if you're going hiking, camping, surfing, snorkeling, or any other physical activity while you're away, your chiropractor will teach you how to avoid injury while you're doing it.
Stretches and exercises, lifestyle advice, and nutrition counseling can help you be prepared for the type of vacation that you're planning.
Chiropractic Techniques That Help Travelers
Whether you are flying, driving, or riding to your destination, you are likely to suffer strained muscles, subluxations, and other forms of pain while you're in transit.
Spinal adjustments are the primary technique chiropractors will use to help people that are experiencing musculoskeletal pain, no matter what the reason.
Before leaving for your trip, it's in your best interest to get a spinal adjustment to help ensure your joints, muscles, and ligaments are loose and flexible during your travels.
In addition to spinal adjustments, your chiropractor can recommend and teach you exercises that you can do before, during, and after your travels to help you avoid injury.
Nutrition counseling can also be provided to help you eat properly while you're traveling.
When you're rushed between connecting flights, limited in options while you're driving, or traveling to a country with food you aren't used to, your chiropractor can help you make informed decisions.
This will help you sustain your energy while you travel, and keep you from eating something you regret.
Contact The Arrowhead Clinic Before Your Next Trip
The chiropractors at Arrowhead Clinic will make sure you are in tip-top shape before you leave for your trip.
If you've never visited them before, they'll start with a physical exam and get your complete medical history.
Based on that, they will design a treatment plan just for you that will have you ready to board a plane, hop on a bus, or drive the family across the country.
The plan will likely include a spinal adjustment as well as advice on nutrition and exercise.
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Still Need More?
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