Summer is finally in full swing, and now that most people have been vaccinated and many places have reopened to 100% capacity, many are planning their summer road trips. Whether you’re heading to the beach, the mountains or a destination yet to be decided, spending hours in a car can wreak havoc on your back.
How To Prevent Lower Back On Your Summer Road Trips
In today’s blog from Myer’s Chiropractic, we’re going to provide you with some helpful tips for preventing back pain so you can enjoy your summer to the fullest. Keep reading, and if you still find yourself dealing with back or neck pain and are looking for a local chiropractor, we encourage you to make an appointment at Myers Chiropractic in Redmond.
Adjust Your Seat
If you happen to be a backseat passenger, you might not have a lot of options when it comes to adjusting your seat. But if your seat does adjust or you’re riding in the front, you should adjust your seat so you can sit comfortably. If the seatback is too straight or at too much of an angle — or, if you’re the driver and you’re stretching to reach the gas pedal, you’ll cause extra stress on your back. Before you even leave the driveway, do all of the necessary adjustments to make sure your spine is properly aligned and that your feet can rest comfortably on the floor. If you’re traveling with a group, take turns switching seats every few hours. Not only will you have a change in scenery, those who are sitting in the back and don’t have the luxury of being able to adjust their seat will finally get their turn.
Empty Your Pockets
Wallets have a way of collecting more than they should and if you have a habit of sitting on a wallet packed with bills, cards, receipts, and more, you’re going to create pressure and an imbalance in your pelvis which will affect your spine. Fortunately, there’s a quick fix for this. Before you get into your vehicle, always remember to remove your wallet first. Place it in the cupholder, the glove box, or let a passenger hold onto it — just don’t keep it in your back pocket and sit on it!
Stop Every Couple of Hours
For some people, a road trip is all about making good time. They don’t want to spend any more time in the car than they have to so they press on only stopping for food or bathroom breaks when it is absolutely necessary. If your road trip is going to be a long one spanning many miles, you’ll enjoy your trip much more if you take a few minutes to stop and stretch your legs every couple of hours. Sitting in one position for too long will stiffen your back muscles and lead to unwanted aches and pains.
Enjoy a Pain-Free Back All Summer With the Help of Myers Chiropractic
Sometimes no matter how many precautions you take, sitting for longer periods than usual can create soreness in your back. Whether you just returned from your summer road trip and need some relief, or your back hurts for other reasons, a quick visit to your local chiropractor is an easy way to get relief. For a complimentary consultation and chiropractic care in the Redmond area, visit Myers Chiropractic.