In just a blink of the eye, we are almost approaching mid-December but more importantly, the long-awaited holiday and planned vacations. However, vacations often involve travelling and we all know that travelling in cars or planes for lengthy periods can be uncomfortable and even painful for our back, spine, and neck.
To alleviate or prevent back and neck pain from occurring, try these travel tips the next time you’re on a flight or road trip:
1. Empty your back pockets:
Sitting on a stuffed wallet can shift your body to one side thereby throwing off your alignment and compress the sciatic nerve. This can result in pain and numbness.
2. Make sure the driver’s seat is comfortable:
Ensure that the seat is raised enough so you can clearly see the road and adjust the seat’s angle. Try not to sit with your knees being higher than your hips for long periods at a time as it can flatten the spine and rotate the pelvis. This can lead to bad posture and pain.
3. Use both hands when driving:
Gripping the steering wheel with only one hand can create unwanted rotation in the spine which may lead to back pain.
4. Adjust car mirrors:
Ensure that you have a clear view without having to overextend, twist or turn your neck and back too much when checking the mirror as this can also cause discomfort and pain.
5. Ask the flight attendant for a pillow:
Placing a pillow between your lower back and the chair is a good way to keep your spine straight and prevent slouching which may lead to back and neck pain.
6. Move around the plane:
Staying stationary during long haul travel can stress the spine and induce back pain or worsen existing back pain. When the safety light is turned off, see if there is room at the back for some quick stretching to ease stiffness.
From Doctor Yoon and the friendly team at Spinal Care Chiropractic Sydney Olympic Park, we wish you a happy holiday and prosperous New Year.
To book in an appointment before we close for the holidays on the 25th of December until the 3rd of January, call us now on (02) 8964 6385 or simply book online through our 'Make a booking' link.