As summer flies by and fall hovers ahead, we may be tempted to pull off one more quick trip before our schedules change. If that trip turns out to be a hop in the car, make sure you have everything in place to keep it safe and comfortable for you and your passengers.
The American Chiropractic Association warns us just how rough traveling can be on the body. Extended periods of sitting in the car can restrict blood flow. One of the biggest insults to the system from all of the sitting is the buildup of pressure in the blood vessels in the lower legs. Contracting and relaxing the muscles can help restore normal circulation. Also warm before getting in the car and take a quick walk afterwards to stretch hamstring and calf muscles.
In the car, consider using a back support. The widest part of the support should be between the bottom of your rib cage and your waistline.
Exercise while driving to avoid swelling. Open your toes as wide as you can and count to ten. Count to five while you tighten calf muscles, then thigh and gluteal muscles. Roll shoulders forward and back. Tighten and loosen your grip on the wheel to give your hands a rest. Finally, always include breaks and even add a few extra ones if your passengers or young or you feel more tired than expected.
After the trip, consider checking in with a chiropractor.
Visiting Your Chiropractor
The initial visit will include a spinal manipulation to assess spinal health and identify any areas of pain that may have turned up after the trip. The chiropractor will want to do a complete review of medical history, and discuss what the trip, plus regular daily schedules.
The chiropractor’s goal will be to seek solutions for pain and ways to maintain or restore daily activities without using medication or surgery.
In contrast to a doctor’s visit where there is an appointment, often followed by prescription of medication or advice for home care, the chiropractor is more likely to help you structure an overall program with an ongoing care routine. This keeps the chiropractor in touch helping to spot new developments before they have a chance to set in and cause bigger problems.
Just like the demands of the trip and any aftermath, as you return to your ongoing day at home or at work, new challenges or twinges can often benefit from the chiropractor’s attention.
Ongoing programs that lead to weight loss, relaxation therapy, new job approaches or suggestions for gym classes or stress reducing techniques can be just what is needed to keep life running smoothly.
If this sounds like something you would like to try, make an appointment with a chiropractor now and find out more.
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