During this time of year, the thought of travel for someone with back pain can seem unbearable.
Here are a few tips to remember this holiday season and all year long.
PRACTICE PROPER LIFTING TECHNIQUES:
Bend at the knees and use your leg muscles rather than your back muscles to lift
Avoid twisting the low back while lifting; instead, pivot with the feet
Carry heavy items as close to the body as possible, it’s all about leverage
Distribute weight evenly on each side of the body, use a back pack when possible.
If carrying one shoulder bag, switch sides often to avoid stressing one side of the back.
BRING YOUR OWN SUPPORTS
The seats on planes, trains and in cars may not provide you with the proper support for your lower back. Remember to pack your fulcrum set so you have your low back support at the ready when you need it. The inflatable fulcrum works great and will fit in your carry on so you can use them anywhere. https://www.postureresources.com/fulcrum-exercises/
REMEMBER YOUR POSTURE
Remember poor posture will put stress on your spine and nervous system. Try to sit up straight with your back aligned. Remember to keep shoulders back and feet flat on the floor when possible. Use of a posture strap while driving or sitting on a plane for an extended period of time may help you remember your posture and keep your shoulders back. However it is not recommend to wear all the time, too much of a good thing can be bad for you.
Staying hydrated not only helps with your alertness, controlling appetite, and reducing muscle cramps but it also keeps every day symptoms of travel like fatigue, headaches, and dry skin at bay. Drinking clean filtered water is the best way to stay hydrated. Start your day by drinking your 2 oz of sole followed by 8 oz of pure water to help keep your cells hydrated and help maintain your electrolytes. Drinking water is the best way to stay hydrated. While traveling try to carry a refillable bottle with you as most airports now have water fountains to fill them up after going through security.https://www.postureresources.com/sole-benefits-and-how-to-guide/
Oxygen is essential for a good health. During times of stress we tend to shallow breath in the upper part of the chest only. Take a few moments ever hour to take 3 deep diaphragm breaths. Breathing as deeply as possible using your diaphragm to draw air completely into your lungs then use your stomach muscles to completely exhale. This will help keep your body oxygenated while reducing stress.
REMEMBER DAILY HOME REHAB IS ESSENTIAL FOR YOUR SPINE AND YOUR HEALTH
As part of the Spinal Rehabilitation process, after warm ups (restoring motion and preparing the spine for rehabilitation), begin slowly with 6 different fulcrum exercises.
Each subtle movement is held for a count of 5 and released, building up to 10 repetitions. Some of these exercises are done on the Left and then on the Right side of the body, while others are centered. The natural progression, when ready, is to move from the Beginning to the Intermediate and then Advanced fulcrum exercises. VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE
Have you ever known a person that is an avid equestrian, that did not have back pain? Neither have I. The reason back, neck and shoulder pain is so evident in the Equestrian related events is due to the jolting forces being transferred to the rider from the animal. The constant pounding riders take is enough alone to create spinal deviations that inevitably result in pain. There are warm up exercises that can help to avoid this. VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE
The cervical traction device serves the purpose of gently stretching the neck, helping to hydrate discs. It is designed to restore the natural curve of the neck and reestablishing motion. For such a small simple device it can accomplish some pretty important stuff.
Aiding in relieving a stiff, sore neck, the cervical traction device also has been reported to help lessen the severity of headaches, migraines and ocular migraines.
Find yourself popping ibuprofen and possible other pain pills? Suffering
from neck and shoulder pain? Trouble Sleeping? All we hear anymore are what
pills work for what and in what combination. Finally, there are simple holistic ways that can provide relief with an actual fix that you
will notice! Bonus: You will also be able to maintain anywhere anytime without pain pills. Here are the simple stiff neck remedies: VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE
Lower Back Pain Causes: Could be the simple things.
Sometimes the most simple things we do could be our lower back pain causes. Often we think that it is the exercise or being on our feet all day that is causing this. When in fact it is simply plopping on the couch. During exercises you are warming up spinal fluid which is good. You are hydrating your discs and delivering nutrients that are needed. VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE
The spine’s optimal shape has curves when you look at it from the side. From the front it should be straight. Your spine protects the spinal cord and nervous system. Your nervous system controls your body’s organs. “The nervous system controls all other systems and relates the individual to his or her environment.” —Gray’s Anatomy, 29th American Edition, Page 4. Improper curves have a negative impact on your organs, causing disease. The curves you WANT to see should be similar to 3 different shaped C’s stacked on top of each other with the center C backwards. VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE