A common reason people initially come in to our Peoria illinois Chiropractor office is travel. Travel can be very taxing on your body. Spending long hours in a confined space takes its toll, often leaving you stiff and sore as a result of restricted blood flow in your legs.That is because our muscles must be allowed to contract and relax in order for our blood to flow properly.
In order to reduce the strain caused by long hours of sitting in one position, here are a few tips.
Before and after you travel, make sure to take a brisk walk. Also, be sure to stretch your calves and hamstrings.
If you are traveling by car:
Keep the steering wheel close to your seat, and your knees above your hips. Also, alternate between tightening and loosening your grip on the steering wheel to stimulate circulation and reduce muscle fatigue.
Use a back support. This will help reduce the strain placed on your lower back.
Move and adjust your legs while driving. You can do this by spreading your toes as wide as possible, and then tightening your calf and thigh muscles.
Roll your shoulders back and forward.
Hold the wheel at 3 o’clock and 7 o’clock, occasionally changing to 5 o’clock and 10 o’clock.
Take regular breaks. After 2-3 hours, be sure to rest before continuing.
If you are traveling by plane:
Stand up as often as you can, and try to feel your spine’s S curve.
When you sit down, place one pillow above the beltline for your back, and another between your headrest and your neck.
Avoid bringing carry-ons weighing over 5 percent of your body weight.
When placing your bags into the overhead compartment, make sure to stand in front of it, keeping your head still.
Avoid lifting directly over your head.
If stowing items under your seat, avoid twisting your body as this can strain your muscles and/or cause muscle spasms. Use your hands and feet to carefully push bags under your seat.
Alternate sitting positions to improve blood circulation.
If at all possible, massage your legs and calves.
Move your knees up and down.
Seek out Your Peoria Chiropractor
Before and after you travel, be sure to contact your Peoria Illinois Chiropractor. Your Peoria illinois chiropractor will give you personalized advice for your individual condition and needs to reduce the risk of strain caused by traveling.