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  • Writer's pictureDr. Luis R Rivera Allende

Ergonomic Recommendations for the Traveler


Seasonal travel can be somewhat hectic, stressful and somewhat challenging. We go out, hoping to enjoy our vacations, relax and enjoy the trip, but unfortunately, stress can take a toll on us. You can change the scenario, but your nervous system continues to work hard, reacting and adapting to those "relaxing" routine changes that often produce subluxations.

Today I share several recommendations so that, if you decide to travel, the trip is a pleasant and really relaxing one. Here are a few recommendations;

• One of the most important keys is to sleep well in order to get up rested and be able to cope with the stress of reconciling the summer with the whole family.

• Try to disconnect.

• When you pack, although you won't want to forget anything, the lighter the travel, the better. Otherwise, you run the risk of forcing the muscles by lifting a lot of weight. Suitcases with wheels are the best alternative. If you choose to use them, be cautious while bending the knees, using the muscles of the legs when lifting the luggage, proceed with caution and slow movements. It is important to carry the weight near the body and distribute it evenly on each side, if it is a backpack, use both handles and if it is a side bag, remember to change sides frequently so as not to overload.

• If your traveling to a far destination, pay attention to the lower part of your back. It is ideal that you wear a lumbar pillow, but if not, it can be replaced with a blanket or shirt that can be folded to place it in the curvature of the back and thus avoid lower back pain.

• The cell phone and reading books during the trip can be good entertainment, but they can damage the neck by the position in which they are placed. To avoid neck pain, it is recommended to replace the screen and / or the book at eye level.

• In case you take naps during the trip, it is best to use a cervical cushion that provides support in this area when sleeping while sitting.

• If possible, stop if in a car or get up and stretch your body because being in the same position for long periods of time, what makes your muscles numb and this may lead to pain. Stiffness and tension will only be making the travel experience worse. By doing so, the movement stimulates the circulation and oxygenation of tissues. If you are on a plane with little space, look to go to the bathroom or walk down the aisle. If they are in a car, rest every 2 hours to prevent cramps and, more importantly, the formation of clots in the legs, one of the dangers of sitting for long periods of time.

• When you arrive at your destination, you usually walk and tend to be quite active, take breaks every period of time until your body adapts. In addition, it is very important to have comfortable shoes with good cushioning, because otherwise your shoulder will suffer. Most sandals do not support the arch of the foot or absorb shock against the floor so they can cause back pain, legs, ankle and feet or end in plantar fasciitis, a painful inflammation in the heel area.

• Do not forget to rest, to relax the muscles and recharge energy and obviously drink a lot of water.

How can chiropractic help?

Remember that your chiropractor can advise you and recommend specific stretches, and if you have certain conditions, we can adopt those stretches to whatever condition you have, making your trip more memorable.

Also, it is important that you do not stop from receiving your adjustments for several weeks just because you are on vacation, try to continue the treatment as long as possible before leaving. Once your back, make it a point to see your chiropractor and get your body fine-tuned.

References: vacaciones/4298

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