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Take These Five Steps Before and During Road Trips

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  1. Regular Chiropractic Care

Studies have shown that for millions of people who suffer from back pain, traveling to and from destinations can be painful and cause some challenges. Your overall health and well-being are dependent on the musculoskeletal system. So, if you are experiencing pain or discomfort due to driving, visiting a chiropractor can be an excellent addition to your regular wellness routine. Regular chiropractic care is a natural and effective way to keep your spine in good health and prevent issues from developing. When your spine is in proper alignment, you will feel much better and will not experience the same discomforts. Schedule an appointment today with Flexx, and we’ll put together a comprehensive and individualized plan to improve driving discomfort based on your unique needs.

2. Proper Seat Adjustment

Are you sitting comfortably while driving? You may not be, and you may not even realize it. The position of your seat can have a big impact on your posture and comfort levels while driving. If your seat is too close or too far from the steering wheel, or if it's too high or low, it can cause pain and discomfort. Making just a few simple adjustments to your seat can make a big difference in your level of comfort. To have the best posture while driving, ensure your wheel is within easy reach and your headrest is at a comfortable angle. Your knees should be level with your hips, and the back of your seat should be at a 100-110 degree angle for proper support. Get comfortable before you pull off!

As the temperatures start to rise and the days get longer, we can all start to feel the excitement of summer vacation coming our way. For most, this means hitting the road for vacations, relaxing adventures of following the road wherever it leads, and of course a routine drive for work. Whatever the meaning is for you, for those that suffer from back pain; it may mean a difficult and uncomfortable ride.

Let’s face it, most of us get in the car and off we go. Many don’t take the time to position themselves correctly in the seat causing an increased strain on the back, neck and arms. Did you know that most discomfort that some feel while driving comes from improper seat placement and positioning? If you
find yourself experiencing back pain after short or long periods of time spent behind the wheel, know that you are not alone. This is a fairly common complaint, regardless of whether you
regularly suffer from back pain or not.

Luckily, there are some steps you can take that will minimize or prevent back pain discomforts while driving. If you like me, are ready to hit the beach this summer, keep reading to find out
how to comfortably get to your destination!

3. Empty Your Pockets

Whether you are hitting the road for vacation or driving a short distance to work, make sure to empty your back pocket first. Otherwise, you risk misaligning your back and putting unnecessary strain on your spine. Sitting on a thick wallet or other bulky items is one of the worst things you can do for your back health. Make sure you refrain from sitting on something that raises one side of your hip to 1⁄4 to 2 inches. Over time, this offset can pinch the sciatic nerve and lead to pain, slipped discs, and other issues. NEWS FLASH! Placing your items in your front pocket is not the solution either since this can actually cause a pinch between your thigh and torso. Instead, take all items out of your pocket when you sit, especially before you drive.

4. Lumbar Support

Lumbar support is vital for people who spend a lot of time driving. It helps to keep the spine in alignment and prevents pain in the lower back. If your car does not have a lumbar support feature, you can try to mimic it by rolling a cloth towel into a tube or using a cushion specifically designed for support. Just be sure to place it properly at the small of the back, at about belt level. It may take some effort as well as trial and error on your part to find what works best for you, but your back will thank you.

5. Get Your Ice Packs

If you suffer from back pain while driving, there are some simple things you can do to ease the discomfort. Prior to getting on the road, pack a couple ice packs in the cooler for use during the trip.

Every couple of hours, stop for a stretch and then apply an ice pack to your back while sitting. Ice reduces blood flow by constricting blood vessels helps relieve back pain by numbing the area and reducing inflammation. Take this simple step to ensure your discomfort levels are at a minimum.

Whether you're looking forward to a break from school or work, or just some time to relax and enjoy the warm weather, keep these tips in mind while behind the wheel this summer. Remember, the best way to ensure a successful and enjoyable road trip is to plan ahead. By addressing any underlying issues that could be aggravated by travel, you can avoid potential pain and suffering. Our team of experts are just a phone call away and ready to help you get the most out of your well-deserved summer road trip!

Don't suffer from back pain any longer than necessary. – Make an appointment with Flexx today!

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