Best Travel Tips for Christmas Holidays
Are you planning to travel over the Holiday Season? Are you dreading the stiffness and pain often associated with it? Well, we are here to help.
We have put together our best hints and tips to help you arrive ready to celebrate Christmas and New Year without pain, and enjoy your time away.
Travelling by Car
Car travel can be long, tiresome and leave you feeling stiff and sore.
These 7 points can help!
- Stop regularly for stretch breaks. Get out of the car every 2 hours to walk around and stretch for 5 minutes.
- Be aware of your posture. Don’t slouch, sit upright with your head back and adjust your mirrors to this posture as a reminder to sit back.
- Make sure your back pockets are empty. Wallets or phones in a back pocket can tilt your pelvis and irritate your lower back.
- Don’t sit too far away from the steering wheel. Having to stretch forward to hold the steering wheel will increase upper back and neck pain over your journey.
- Exercise while driving. Regularly roll your shoulders back and gently move your neck in all directions, especially when driving.
- If you suffer low back pain while travelling use a lumbar support. Use a commercial support or a small rolled up towel and place it in the small of your back to support your low back.
- Stay hydrated. Sip water regularly throughout your journey.
Travelling by Plane
Plane trips, long or short, can be frustrating and leave you feeling stiff and sore.
These 7 tips can help!
- Try to get an aisle seat. An aisle seat makes it easier move around during the flight.
- Support your spine. Use a commercial support or a small rolled up towel to support your low back and a good supportive neck pillow will help save you neck pain if you sleep.
- Maintain your circulation. Move around regularly, move your feet, roll your ankles in circles, point your toes and flex your feet.
- Stretch. Always stretch after sleeping and then again every 1 – 2 hours.
- Keep well hydrated. Sip water regularly throughout the flight.
- Move around. On longer flights make sure you get up to move and stretch regularly by walking up and down the aisle.
- Be careful lifting your suitcases. Remember to bend with your knees, not your back.
Sleeping in a Strange Bed
Different beds can be uncomfortable and leave you feeling tired, stiff and sore.
These 7 hacks can help!
- Avoid sleeping on your stomach! Sleep on your back or side.
- If the bed is ‘saggy’, putting the mattress on the floor will give you more support.
- If the mattress has dips you can place a small, soft towel under your side for support.
- Use a ceiling fan instead of air-conditioning wherever possible to avoid cold blasts of air on your neck or back.
- If you use a contoured chiropractic pillow, take it with you or buy a chiropractic travel pillow.
- Stretching after sleeping is important.
- Stay well hydrated, sip water often.
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and have a Safe & Pain Free Holiday Season!