Prevent Travel-Related Aches & Pains
With many of us traveling once again, Dr. Dukes reminds you to keep your overall health and well-being in mind. Travel can be tough on your body. Altered sleep, long hours in a car or plane can leave you stressed, tired, stiff, sore or worse.
Prolonged sitting and lousy sleep can wreak havoc on your body. Keep these tips in mind, they'll help you minimize travel-related aches, pains and strains:
- Move Around. Sitting in the same position for a prolonged period puts a great deal of stress on your spine and joints. Get up, move around and stretch frequently. When you're unable to get up, pump (bend and straighten) your legs and feet periodically.
- Leg Positioning. Long car and airplane rides can be tight and uncomfortable. Keeping your feet and knees at a right angle helps keep stress off the lower back.
- Support your Low Back. Good support for the lower back is vital. Bring a back roll or small pillow to put behind your lower back for support.
- Support your Neck. Consider investing in a U-shaped neck pillow to allow your neck to rest, and to keep your neck from being strained if you happen to fall asleep. Be aware of your posturing and try to avoid slouching.
- Choose Water. Remember that alcohol, tea, and coffee are diuretics that can encourage dehydration. Water will rehydrate the body and help to prevent circulatory problems.
- Schedule Smart. It takes work to get proper rest while traveling.
Following these simple tips will help you enjoy more relaxing, healthful travel. If you do find yourself feeling a out-of-sorts, reach out to Dr. Dukes. Schedule a consultation. 813-752-2524
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