1. Take Regular Breaks & Move
Your spine loves movement – long periods of sitting in the same position can affect your spine and may cause pain in the neck and back. Moving around improves circulation, eases the stress on the spine and helps reduce fatigue.
If flying, get up often and move. The aisle seat is perfect for this.
2. Check Your Posture
Poor posture puts stress and strain on your spine. Maintaining proper posture keeps the spine aligned and in its natural position.
When sitting, make sure your back is aligned against the back of your seat and that your headrest is supporting your head. Keep your shoulders straight and avoid hunching or slouching forward. Resting both feet firmly on the floor will also help. If you are driving, adjust the seat and steering wheel to a comfortable position so that you’re not reaching for the wheel.
3. Lifting Luggage
Try to pack as light as you can. It will make lifting easier particularly if you are visiting a number of different places. Use a lightweight suitcase with wheels that is easy for you to pull and manoeuvre.
When lifting luggage, bend at the knees and use the leg muscles rather than back muscles to lift. Hold heavy items close to the body, distributing weight evenly on both feet. When you are moving your luggage, lift slowly and in stages to protect your back. If you are carrying a shoulder bag, switch sides to avoid stressing one side of the back.
The more often you stretch the better. This is an easy way to increase circulation and keep the spine mobile. Try to take regular stretch breaks during your travels, at least every 1-2 hours.
So enjoy your Easter break and if travelling keep safe and think about ways to make yourself comfortable to reduce stress and ultimately make your journey more enjoyable. If you have a need for chiropractic care you can book online at Waverley Chiropractic Centre in Glen Waverley via the website www.waverleychiro.com.au or call 9581 2624.