Preventing ‘Suitcase Spine’ and Slipped Discs During Summer Travel Season
Most Americans will take a trip of some sort this summer. Whether you’re getting in the car for a road trip or hopping on a plane to a beach destination, travel has negative impacts on your spine. The condition referred to as “suitcase spine” is becoming more common. In fact, 90% of surveyed travelers report some kind of neck or back issue following travel.
The key to getting over travel-induced neck and back pain is to treat it right away. Don’t assume the pain will just go away, and don’t use OTC painkillers to cover it up. Instead, visit a chiropractor for a spinal “reset.”
Chiropractors are spinal experts, using a holistic, natural treatment plan geared towards resolving spinal problems for good. The friendly, professional team at Elevation Health in Salt Lake City, UT can help you get your spine back in position after your summertime travels. And, even better, we can offer you a few tips to travel better!
Travel is murder on your back
Travel impacts your spine in a number of ways. You carry around heavy suitcases, often lifting them to avoid curbs or into trunks. This twists the spine back and forth. Then, you sit for several hours in a row, putting additional stress on the already weakened spinal structure. The nerves and muscles tighten up, resulting in a stiff neck or back. When you finally get up, you don’t often stretch as well as you should, meaning you’re putting even more stress on an already strained spine.
Unfortunately, you may not be able to avoid these detractors completely. However, you can take some precautions to mitigate the damage:
- Drink plenty of water while traveling. Staying hydrated is important to keeping your body functioning smoothly.
- Try to keep your bags as light as possible. Experts recommend under 30lbs.
- If you can, use a backpack and use both straps. This distributes the weight evenly and takes pressure off your back.
- When you have to lift a suitcase, remember to use proper form. Lift from the legs and keep your spine neutral. For overhead compartments on planes, ask for help when lifting.
- Remove your wallet and cell phone from your back pocket before sitting.
- Remember to sit in an upright position. Resist the urge to slouch.
- Every couple of hours, stop and stretch. Whether you’re on a plane, a train, or in a car, it’s important to keep the blood flowing.
When you get back from that trip, consider stopping in at a chiropractor’s office. Through simple spinal adjustments, chiropractors can help to reverse some of the damage done by travel situations. With targeted adjustments, you could experience significantly less chronic back and neck pain, along with restored energy levels.
Tackle your travel pains
A chiropractor is your best resource for maintaining spinal health after travel, whether you’re an avid traveler or just returning from a summer getaway. Elevation Health puts our Salt Lake City, UT patients back on the road to wellness with simple adjustments to help maintain proper spinal alignment.
Contact us today to learn more about the revolutionary Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) program we use with all our patients. Remember, we offer free consultations, so stop in after your next family vacation for a stress-free experience.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.