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How to keep your spine healthy

Are you planning a small getaway this coming Easter long weekend?   A relaxing break need not undo all the good work you’ve been doing caring for your spine.  Here are my top 10 tips to help you keep your spine in tip top shape while you’re travelling.

  1. Take regular stretch breaks.  Say goodbye to that stiff feeling you get as you hobble out of the car following a long drive.  Stopping at least every 1-2 hours to have a short walk and stretch your body will help alleviate this.
  2. Position your seat correctly.  When you hop into the driver’s seat be sure to put your seat upright, move your tailbone right back into the seat, and check that your head and shoulders are supported by the seat or headrest.  If you adjust your mirrors when you are sitting upright with your head back, you will notice if you begin to slouch while you’re driving.
  3. Use a back support.  This need not be anything fancy; a small rolled up towel or piece of clothing will do.  Position it in the small of your back to start with, then alternate throughout the drive by positioning it between your shoulder blades.
  4. Choose an aisle seat if you’re flying.  You’ll be more inclined to get up and go for a walk and stretch throughout the flight than you would be if you were seated next to the window.  Nobody likes that dreaded squeeze past your fellow passenger’s knees anyway!
  5. Take care to lift your luggage correctly.  Make sure you bend with your knees and not your back.  In the excitement of those finals steps toward your final destination, never rush to collect your suitcase off the carousel – that ‘grab and turn’ action could lead to a disastrous holiday!
  6. Prep your bed!  It’s not unusual to have a bad night’s sleep when you are in unfamiliar surroundings.  Adequately preparing your sleeping space is crucial to a good night’s sleep.  If the bed is ‘saggy’, you might find putting the mattress on the floor will give you better support and a better quality sleep.  Always sleep on your back or side, never on your stomach.
  7. BYO Pillow.  Pack your own good quality pillow to avoid waking up with a sore neck from an unsupportive hotel pillow. (Yes, we always pack our ‘Complete Sleeprrr’ pillows when we travel!)
  8. Switch on a fan instead of air-conditioning.  If you’re heading away somewhere tropical or you’re hit with an unseasonably warm Autumn night, try using a fan to stay cool instead.  Your neck and spine will thank you for not blasting freezing cold air on them!
  9. Stay hydrated. Fill up your water bottle before you leave and top it up as you.
  10. Lastly, have a fantastic time!  And don’t forget to tell us all about your adventures when you come in for your next adjustment.

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Category: Chiropractic