The Pains Of Taking A Vacation

Davenport Chiropractor Vacation Tips

Taking A Vacation Can Be A Pain In The Neck

We always look forward to taking a vacation. Getting away from the stress of work, school, and the grind of home life. We like to get to a place with historic significance, a beautiful view, or fun attractions to spice up our lives. This is the good part of vacation.

Now lets talk about the downside of vacation. There are three main things that happen on vacation that tend to cause problems when you get home.

  1. Travel (Sitting)
  2. Sleep (Unfamiliar beds and pillows)
  3. Physical Trauma (Doing things you are not used to)

Now nobody is saying that you shouldn’t go on vacation, but taking a few precautionary steps can help to prevent some of these problems from putting you in pain when you get home. Let’s take a look at how these things can cause a problem and some ways that you can prevent a problem from forming.

Traveling

When you travel a long way from home, you tend to sit for longer amounts of time without standing than you normally would. It doesn’t seem to matter how you travel, whether it be by car, plane, or train, you are going to be sitting for a while. You may also be sitting in a crowded seat next to someone that you don’t know. This can cause you to hunch and be a little stressed without a lot of room to stretch out.

Sitting causes our hamstrings to get tight, which can put some strain on our lower back, and keep working up to our shoulders and neck. Sitting can place a lot of stress on the body. Ideally, you could get up to stretch every hour, but when you are traveling by plane, that is not always an option. It kind of defeats the purpose when you are going on a long road trip in the car. Traveling by train may allow for the most movement in your choice of travel.

So, what is the best way to avoid the detrimental effects of sitting while traveling? Stretching is key before, during, and after your travel time. Core stability is also very important in maintaining good posture while sitting. Hunching your shoulders and slouching can cause a lot of lower back strain and neck tension while on vacation. Do some preventative core stability exercises leading up to your vacation and also stretch while traveling to help prevent the muscular tension.

Sleep

We typically spend a third of our day sleeping. When we travel, we try to get the most out of our vacation and our sleeping habits may suffer. We also sleep in beds that we are not used to. Then, there is always the pillow situation that can lead to neck strain.

A combination of these things often leads to neck pain, headaches, back pain, and shoulder pain. There are a few things that can help to minimize the discomfort you get from not sleeping in your own bed.

The first is to take your own pillow. This is not always possible, especially when traveling by plane, but it can help to minimize neck and shoulder pain.

The second is to try and stay on your normal sleep schedule. This helps your body stay in its normal rhythm and prevents some extra stress. Be sure to check out our other sleep tips.

The third is to adjust the firmness of your mattress. Most hotel mattresses are soft from extended use. You can always firm up a mattress by taking some bath towels and putting them underneath the mattress.

Physical Trauma

There are lots of fun things to do on vacation that we don’t do very often. Hiking, water sports, and roller coasters just to name a few. These things can place extra stress on our bodies and cause soreness and pain.

The best way to minimize pain from this is to do some preparation before hand. Make sure that if you are going to hike, that you are working on your cardio before your trip. Doing some weight training may also aid you in preparing for your expected activity.

See Your Chiropractor

It is always a good idea to get checked out by your Chiropractor before heading out on vacation to make sure your body is aligned and balanced. It is also a good idea to get in after your trip to make sure things didn’t get too far out of whack.

If you are looking for a Chiropractor in Davenport, be sure to give us a call. We would love to help you on your road to good health. Get Adjusted and Be Well!

 

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