Valdosta Blog https://www.arrowheadclinic.com/valdosta Information specific to Valdosta, Georgia residents about Chiropractic Care and Local News. Stay in the now with Arrowhead Clinic. en Fri, 10 Apr 2020 15:31:37 GMT 2020-04-10T15:31:37Z en Valdosta Chiropractor Gives 5 Tips for Back Health During a Long Drive https://www.arrowheadclinic.com/valdosta/valdosta-chiropractor-gives-5-tips-for-back-health-during-a-long-drive <p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;<img src="https://www.arrowheadclinic.com/hs-fs/hubfs/people-adventure-car-holiday-preview.jpg?width=728&amp;name=people-adventure-car-holiday-preview.jpg" width="728" style="width: 728px;" alt="Celebrate your new freedom with a drive. "></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;<img src="https://www.arrowheadclinic.com/hs-fs/hubfs/people-adventure-car-holiday-preview.jpg?width=728&amp;name=people-adventure-car-holiday-preview.jpg" width="728" style="width: 728px;" alt="Celebrate your new freedom with a drive. "></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Article Table of Contents</span></p> <p class="p1"><a href="#driving-off-into-the-sunset"><span class="s1">Driving Off into the Sunset</span></a></p> <p class="p1"><a href="#maintain-proper-posture"><span class="s1">Maintain Proper Posture</span></a></p> <p class="p1"><a href="#get-proper-support"><span class="s1">Get Proper Support</span></a></p> <p class="p1"><a href="#take-breaks"><span class="s1">Take Breaks</span></a></p> <p class="p1"><a href="#ensure-proper-nutrition"><span class="s1">Ensure Proper Nutrition</span></a></p> <p class="p1"><a href="#drive-safely"><span class="s1">Drive Safely</span></a></p> <p class="p1"><a href="#final-thought"><span class="s1">Final Thought&nbsp;</span></a></p> <a></a> <h3 class="p1"><span class="s1">Driving Off into the Sunset</span></h3> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">We have all waited along time as the war against Covid-19 has <strong>continued to rage. </strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">For the first time since it began we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">We are still <strong>weeks or maybe months away</strong> from seeing the end of this crisis, however, it is coming closer. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">It is not surprising that many of us are beginning to dream about what we will do when this time of solitude and seclusion are ended.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> One popular plan is a family vacation somewhere fun.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Even though flying is a popular alternative, it might be better to play it safe and get away from the forced exposure and the necessary sharing of recycled air. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">However, what better way to enjoy your new found freedom than with a <strong>fun road trip!</strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">This way you get to see the country that you have so long been shut off from. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">There are still inherent dangers when driving, especially to your spinal health.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">All that prolonged sitting can potentially <strong>hurt your back. </strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Here at <a href="https://www.arrowheadclinic.com/chiropractor-near-me-valdosta">Arrowhead Clinic Valdosta</a>, we want you to get out and enjoy your time safely while maintaining proper spinal health. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">That is why we have compiled this list of five tips for maintaining proper spinal health on a long car ride. </span></p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <a></a> <h3><span class="s1"><img src="https://www.arrowheadclinic.com/hs-fs/hubfs/model-stand-models-girl-car-showroom.jpg?width=910&amp;name=model-stand-models-girl-car-showroom.jpg" alt="Good driving posture will help keep your back healthy. " width="910" style="width: 910px;"></span></h3> <h3><span class="s1">1. Maintain Proper Posture</span></h3> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Sitting for an extended amount of time is <strong>never a good idea</strong> when it comes to maintaining proper spinal health. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Sitting inherently places <strong>pressure</strong> on the spine and can potentially lead to the spine becoming misaligned or nerve damage. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">This can commonly be seen in conditions such as sciatica. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">However, there are steps that one can take in order to <strong>combat</strong> these unfortunate potential conditions.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Sitting with your best posture possible will certainly help keep your spine healthy and you happy. </span></p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <a></a> <h3><span class="s1"><img src="https://www.arrowheadclinic.com/hs-fs/hubfs/seat-cushion-1099624_1280.jpg?width=1280&amp;name=seat-cushion-1099624_1280.jpg" alt="Proper back support will help you be able to drive longer. " width="1280" style="width: 1280px;"></span></h3> <h3><span class="s1">2. Get Proper Support</span></h3> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">It may prove uncomfortable to sit for an extended period of time while maintaining proper back support. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">This is understandable, but maintaining<strong> proper posture is vital</strong> in keeping your spine as healthy as possible. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Thankfully, there are options to help support your back as you sit with good posture for such an extended amount of time. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Several cars have a built in<strong> lumbar support</strong> adjustment that can help fill in the nooks and crannies of your back. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">However, if this built in feature does not prove to do the trick there are other ways to give your spine the support it needs. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">There are specially designed <strong>pillows and paddings</strong> to add to your car in order to help keep your back healthy and comfortable. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">However, in a pinch, a well placed blanket may prove to be helpful. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Do whatever it takes to keep you in the best overall condition. </span></p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <a></a> <h3><span class="s1"><img src="https://www.arrowheadclinic.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Taking_a_walk_in_the_beech_park_(2).jpg?width=2036&amp;name=Taking_a_walk_in_the_beech_park_(2).jpg" alt="Taking a break will allow your back to rest from the pressure of sitting. " width="2036" style="width: 2036px;"></span></h3> <h3><span class="s1">3. Take Breaks</span></h3> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">The idea of taking a break in your journey may seem counterintuitive. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">The more breaks one takes the longer it will take to arrive at the final destination. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">However, they can be greatly <strong>beneficial</strong> in keeping you healthy for your eventual arrival. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Giving your spine a chance to stretch and adjust away from the car seat will in the long run keep it healthier, and thus make you happier. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">T<strong>hese breaks do not need to be extensive.</strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">They can be as simple as a brief stop to use the restroom.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Even a brief walk around a truck stop or service center can help keep you in the best shape available. </span></p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <a></a> <h3><span class="s1"><img src="https://www.arrowheadclinic.com/hs-fs/hubfs/1280px-NCI_Visuals_Food_Meal_Lunch.jpg?width=1280&amp;name=1280px-NCI_Visuals_Food_Meal_Lunch.jpg" alt="Healthy snacks will help your body run more efficiently. " width="1280" style="width: 1280px;"></span></h3> <h3><span class="s1">4. Ensure Proper Nutrition</span></h3> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">This piece of advice is appropriate for any activity, not just for extended car rides.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">However, it is still critical to maintain <strong>proper nutrition</strong> while embarking on such a long journey. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Riding in the car that long often lends itself to a few other unhealthy habits besides those that directly affect ones back. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">One of which is the over consumption of junk food. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">It does make sense, sometimes there is little else to do in the car but eat.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">It is easy to eat a little too much of things that aren’t good for you. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">It is best to avoid these kind of snacks, and <strong>pack healthier options</strong> instead of stopping at the drive thru. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">At the very least, drink an appropriate amount of water. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">This will keep you properly hydrated and thus properly functioning. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Drinking plenty of water may also help ensure the adherence to the aforementioned <a href="#take-breaks">tip #3. </a></span></p> <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> <a></a> <h3><span class="s1"><img src="https://www.arrowheadclinic.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Car%20Accident%20Injury%20Doctor%20in%20Dawson,%20GA.jpg?width=721&amp;name=Car%20Accident%20Injury%20Doctor%20in%20Dawson,%20GA.jpg" width="721" style="width: 721px;" alt="Follow the rules of the road to avoid accidents and serious injury. "></span></h3> <h3><span class="s1">5. Drive Safely.</span></h3> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> One of the most traumatic and sudden ways to injure your back in the car is to be a part of a <strong>traffic collision. </strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">In some very lucky cases, one may walk away from an accident without any harm. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">However, not everyone is lucky. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Traffic accidents can be as <strong>devastating</strong> on your body as paralysis or even death. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">One of the best things you can do for your body while in an automobile is to drive it safely. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">This will keep you from having any devastating occurrences do to an accident. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Your destination will still be there, please drive in a way that ensures you will be too.</span></p> <a></a> <h3 class="p1"><span style="background-color: transparent;">Final Thought</span></h3> <h3 class="p1"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #7a7a7a; font-size: 16px; font-weight: normal;">We are all desperate to get out of this time of crisis due to Covid-19.</span></h3> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">We have been so concerned about staying healthy for so long, it will surely be amazing to get out of the house and enjoy our beautiful world. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">However, just because someday we won’t be as concerned about Covid-19 does not mean we can completely ignore our health. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><a href="https://www.arrowheadclinic.com/chiropractor-near-me-valdosta">Arrowhead Clinic Valdosta</a> wants you to <span style="font-weight: bold;">enjoy </span>your eventual freedom to its upmost potential. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Pay us a visit and receive your free consultation. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">We will work <strong>alongside of you</strong> to help keep your body in the best condition possible, to keep you motoring along to your next adventure.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><a class="cta_button" href="https://www.arrowheadclinic.com/cs/ci/?pg=f26633ce-fca3-4acf-bc26-f0e296996bd2&amp;pid=491182&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; margin: 0 auto; display: block; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px" alt="&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;FREE CONSULTATION&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/491182/f26633ce-fca3-4acf-bc26-f0e296996bd2.png" align="middle"></a></span></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=491182&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.arrowheadclinic.com%2Fvaldosta%2Fvaldosta-chiropractor-gives-5-tips-for-back-health-during-a-long-drive&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.arrowheadclinic.com%252Fvaldosta&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Fri, 10 Apr 2020 15:31:37 GMT https://www.arrowheadclinic.com/valdosta/valdosta-chiropractor-gives-5-tips-for-back-health-during-a-long-drive 2020-04-10T15:31:37Z Dr. Shameel Patel