How to Avoid Body Aches While Traveling
Traveling can be an exciting time, but the mode, conditions, and length of travel can all really take a toll on the body. Whether it's a long car ride or a flight, you may find yourself in uncomfortable positions for extended periods of time, and as a result, experience some pain.
There are things that you can do before, during, and after your trip to help avoid feeling discomfort and pain. There are different types of pain you should look out for and prevent because they can affect the overall enjoyment of your trip.
Things to do before traveling to avoid aches and pains
Before you leave for your trip, there are things you can do to make sure you're ready to go. These can make your travel easier and help in avoiding these aches and pains.
1. Be well-rested.
It may be hard to get enough sleep the night before traveling. Whether you're excited about vacation or nervous about a work trip, it may be difficult to shut down your brain the night before a big trip. Getting enough rest will help traveling go smoother, so you can stay alert and avoid too much caffeine. You'll also feel better to begin with.
2. Get enough to eat and drink.
While traveling you may feel rushed, but paying attention to your food and water intake is important. If you don't get enough water and nutrients, you can increase your risk of aches and pains while traveling.
3. Make time for relaxation and exercise.
Stress is a large contributor to aches and pains. When we're stressed, our muscles contract. Taking the time to relax and exercise is important in reducing your overall stress level.
4. Visit the chiropractor.
Regular chiropractic visits are a great way to keep your body in alignment and address chronic pain. These visits can help you avoid back pain while traveling. Chiropractic adjustments help to restore function and release tension from the spine.
Types of pain you may experience while traveling
There are many different things that you experience while traveling that can make you uncomfortable.
Aches are a dull, but persistent, pain that usually happens when your body is at rest. This type of pain usually feels better once you're able to move and warm your muscles back up.
2. Muscles tingling or asleep
When a part of your body is tingling or asleep, it means there is increased pressure that has confused your nerves and restricted blood flow. Try changing positions to alleviate the pressure and bring back blood flow to the area.
When your muscles are contracted, your circulation is affected. Cold muscles can be helped by moving around. You will begin to feel better once you are able to increase the blood flow back into these cold areas by stretching or walking around.
Cramps occur when muscles contract suddenly. If you can relax the muscle through stretching, you will be able to help reduce or eliminate these cramps.
If you have muscle fibers that are unable to relax, you may get knots. Stretching the muscle and massaging the knots can help to relax these muscle fibers.
Another problem you may experience while traveling is a muscle spasm. Muscle spasms are severe cramps that come and go. Stretching and relaxing the muscle should help reduce or eliminate these spasms.
Things to do during a car trip to avoid aches and pains
Car travel can present certain difficulties while traveling, especially if you're the one driving.
1. Make sure your seat is in the best position.
You should be close enough to the wheel while driving. Your knees should be a little higher than your hips.
There are ways to exercise your muscles while in the car. Tighten and relax your leg muscles. You can also stretch your toes and move your shoulders. Relaxing and shifting your grip on the wheel can help as well.
3. Take breaks.
Take breaks from driving to give yourself time to relax and stretch.
Things to do during air travel to avoid aches and pains
When traveling by plane, there are some other things to keep in mind to make it a more comfortable experience.
1. Pack light.
Heavy luggage can put a strain on your body. Pack lighter to make it easier on yourself.
2. Make yourself as comfortable as possible.
Put any carry-on luggage in the overhead bin to give yourself more room to stretch out. Adjust your seat to make it as comfortable as you can. A pillow, blanket and neck pillow will give your body additional support.
3. Stretch when you can.
Make sure to stand up and move as often as possible. This will help warm up your muscles.
Things to do once you reach your destination to help with aches and pains
When you reach your destination, make sure to give yourself time to recover.
If your muscles are achy, take a little time to rest when you reach your destination. Heat can also be helpful to help relax your muscles.
Light to moderate exercise can also help by increasing blood flow.
3. Visit the chiropractor's office when you get back.
Traveling can be tough on the body. We can help you get everything back in alignment, schedule an appointment with us here.
The tips above can make traveling much more pleasant. Remember to move as much as you can. Movement will go a long way in helping you avoid these aches and pains.