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It’s summer and for many Americans, that means it’s time to get out there and travel. In fact, almost half the country takes a summer trip. The balmy temperatures make it the best time to be outdoors, whether you’re going to one of our beautiful national parks or you’re headed to the beach. You’ve packed your sunscreen to protect your skin and your sunglasses to protect your eyes, but did you know that protecting your spine is just as important?

Because of central role your spine plays in your nervous system, preventing spinal injuries is critical to your health. Spending too much time in a plane, train or automobile can have a profoundly negative impact on your spine’s overall health. So, before you set off for adventure this summer, be sure to visit the team at Graybar Chiropractic in Wilmington, NC first. We’ll help you make sure your spine in its best condition all summer long.

Traveling’s impact on your body

You know that feeling after you finally reached your destination? Whether you flew, drove, or rode the rails, you’re excited to finally be there… but you also feel completely drained. It’s a bit odd, isn’t it? You’ve been sitting around for so long, yet you’re exhausted!

The fact is that simply sitting for many hours is tough on your body, particularly your spine. The sometimes awkward and uncomfortable positions you have to sit in while traveling can restrict blood flow and wreak havoc on your back. Moreover, sitting induces compression in your lower back, which causes further problems for your spine and nerves the longer you sit.

Take simple steps to prevent back pain

It’s possible to take measures to combat the problems that come with spinal travel fatigue. Just like you would before exercising, do a warm-up before you travel, then a cool down once you’re done traveling. This may involve a fast-paced walk and stretching large leg muscles like the quadriceps and hamstrings.

If you’re traveling by air or train, make sure to stand up once in a while during the trip and do some light stretching. If you’re driving, you’ll want to make frequent rest stops. Check to ensure your seat is in a good position for your spine, as well. You may even use back support to make the journey more comfortable.

Finally, be kind to your back when it comes to the exertion you put it through while it’s tired or recuperating. Try to make your luggage as light as possible and don’t move too vigorously as you run to check in to your hotel!

Visit a chiropractor before and after travel

Lower back pain is one of the most common ailments for American adults, regardless of travel habits. Even a small area of concern can flare up dramatically after traveling. If you return from your trip feeling achy and fatigued, visiting a chiropractor is a smart idea. They can help give your spine a “full reset,” to absolve subluxations, pinched nerves, compression, and more that can occur while vacationing.

At Graybar Chiropractic, we hope you have a wonderful summer filled with fun adventures. If those adventures take a toll on your body, just remember to visit our offices in Wilmington, NC for a much-deserved spinal assessment. Contact us today to setup a free consultation and learn more about Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), the method we use for personalized spinal adjustments.

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.