Chiropractor Recommendations on Handle Again Ache Whereas Touring
If you are like most people, you are so sick of quarantine that you are already planning to travel when it is over.
Unfortunately, if you are one of them 80 percent of Americans experiencing back pain at some point in their lives, you may be wondering how you are going to travel if your back is killing you.
If the thought of a big plane, train or car already makes your back hurt, even more so, it’s time to take action!
You do not need to limit these travel plans. You need to find ways to reduce your back pain if it occurs while traveling.
Let me give you some of the best advice I can give to all my patients who are afraid to fly, not because they are afraid of heights or crashes, but because of back pain.
Best Tips for Managing Back Pain While Traveling
There are many tips when traveling with back pain, you are likely to know most. such as planning as many non-stop flights as possible, not carrying heavy wallets or backpacks, and using rolling luggage, but these are primarily designed to prevent back pain.
What can you do if you are on a plane for another 5 hours and your back starts to act? Keep reading what you can do to actively stop or reduce back pain.
Tip # 1- Get a treadmill seat
Why a treadmill seat? This is so that you can get up and walk without regret. Most of us are reluctant to sweep over our teammates and a treadmill means you can get up whenever you want. If you can pull a seat near the front door without seats in front of you, so much the better.
As much as possible, get out of your seat and walk a little. Walk to the bathroom, even if you do not need to. Why; Because you are going to do a hamstring stretch which is one of the best ways to quickly relieve back pain.
Lock the door and close the toilet lid. Put a heel on the toilet lid. Now bend in the middle and try to touch your finger. If you can not go that far, try to catch the ankle. Stretch as much as you can and hold for a crowd of 30. Change legs. Wash your hands and return to your seat. Your back pain needs to be drastically reduced.
Tip # 2- Thermal wrappers
Thermal wrappers are worn under your clothes and are often attached to your skin with a sticky tape. When activated (often you just shake the product before use) they bring a long-lasting source of heat to your back that relaxes the muscles and brings soothing pain relief. Most heat wrappers last about 8 hours and are activated in a minute or two. Keep one in your wallet, pocket or so on, if your back starts to hurt, you can find immediate relief.
Tip # 3- Get a massage
Although you can not get a massage on the plane or train, you can usually do so at the hotel or at a nearby spa. If your back starts to ache at the end of your flight or you find that your back is killing the next morning, a quick visit to the massage spa is a great way to start your vacation. It will also help you relax from a long, stressful journey.
Tip # 4- Topical anti-pain creams
For minor aches and pains, using a topical cream containing menthol, arnica, cannabis or capsaicin can help relax the muscles and stop the pain.
Some of the best topical creams include names like Topricin, Blue-Emu and Cause + Medic. Try one or two of these products BEFORE your trip to make sure they work for you. Everyone is different and what works for one person may not work for another.
Once you find this product you like, buy one or two and take them with you. Keep one in your hand luggage or wallet so you can use it on the train or in the toilet if needed.
Do not forget that small things can help a lot! If you have relief from a lumbar support cushion, seat cushion, neck brace or standing device, bring it with you! Nothing can ruin a vacuum faster than back pain.
But if you have to end up with severe back pain, do not wait until you get home to seek professional help. Unless your vacation is out in the jungle, almost every city in the world has chiropractors, acupuncturists or doctors to help you.
Stay safe, watch your back and enjoy the holidays of a lifetime!
About Dr. Brent Wells:
Dr. Brent Wells is an established chiropractor who founded Better health chiropractic & physical rehabilitation in 1998. Today it leads 10,000 Alaskans to a more active and pain-free lifestyle without drugs or invasive surgery. It brings a progressive and highly innovative approach to chiropractic care, physical rehabilitation therapy and chiropractic massage. Dr. Wells continues his education with ongoing studies in spine conditions, neurology, physical rehabilitation, industrial, ergonomic work, whiplash and traumatic brain injury. He is also a member of the American Chiropractic Association and the American Academy of Spine Physicians.
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