Pain is a Roadblock to Your Family Vacation
The Ontario Chiropractic Association knows that for many families, a road trip is an essential part of any summer vacation. Unfortunately, muscle and joint pain don’t take days off; quickly turning this joyful time into a painful one. Whether you’re lifting heavy luggage or simply sitting in the car for extended periods of time, it’s very common to experience back, neck, shoulder and other joint pain at some point during your travels. Since having fun should be your highest priority, it is important to maximize your enjoyment by ensuring that you’re being as safe as you can be. As we near the end, remember these tips to ensure your last road trip of the summer is an enjoyable and pain free one.
To increase your chances of a pain free trip, here are some ways to reduce the risk of muscle and joint pain:
1) Make Frequent Pit Stops
This gives everyone a chance to stretch and change out of a seated position for a short period of time. Each stop also provides an opportunity to refresh and reduce tension that has been building up in your body.
2) Bring Ice
Bring a cooler filled with ice packs to help relieve pain on the road. If you need to ice your back, limit it to 15 minutes at a time.
3) Get Comfortable
Seat adjustment is critical for avoiding pain on the road. Make sure to adjust the seat to fit you comfortably. If necessary, roll up a towel or pillow and place it between your lower back and the seat for more support.
4) Choose the Right Luggage
Choosing a bag with wheels and a handle goes a long way to lighten your load. Alternatively, quality backpacks are a good option as they distribute weight more evenly than other types of luggage.
How to Properly Lift Your Luggage
Break the Action Up
• When loading a suitcase into a car or truck, try lifting it onto a chair or step-stool first, rather than doing it all in one motion.
Use Your Legs
• When lifting your luggage, first get close to the load and stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.
• Bend at the knees and let your leg muscles do the lifting, rather than your back.
• Instead, turn your feet in the direction you are headed and turn your entire body in that direction.
DID YOU KNOW?
Sitting for long periods of time can be very harmful to your body. Even in the most comfortable cars, certain pressures and forces from awkward positions can result in restricted blood flow.