Holiday Injuries and Chiropractic

If you have suffered an injury whilst on holiday ISIS Chiropractic Centres can help you.

The treatment is effective for sprains, strains and muscle injuries regarding of the cause.

How to Reduce the Risk of Injuries on Holiday

If you are going away on holiday it is more important than ever to look after your body to prevent both discomfort occurring and also exacerbations of current injuries.

By following these tips you should be able to reduce the risk of injury to ensure you can enjoy your well-deserved holiday to the fullest and avoid an early visit to the chiropractor.

There are two main reasons for people hurting themselves on holiday:

  1. When on holiday, people do strange activities they wouldn’t usually do placing abnormal stresses onto the body.
  2. In addition they don’t follow postural advice because their mind is on holiday and not on good posture.

Travelling is the most common time for an injury to occur. Whether you are travelling via train, plane or automobile there are some simple pieces of advice that you can follow to prevent pain.

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Before You Go on Holiday

There are several things you can do to reduce the risk of injuries.

Before you go on holiday there are some important factors to consider.

  • Using light cases will help to reduce the overall weight of your baggage. Hard cases that weigh more will have a slightly increased weight when all the contents are added when compared to the softer luggage cases.
  • It is also sensible for them to be easily identifiable so that you don’t pick up someone else’s heavy bag from the luggage carousel by mistake.
  • Where possible don’t be afraid to use two cases rather than one. Spreading the load is a good way of distributing the weight you have to carry more evenly.

Sleeping well the night before travelling is important.

  • Most injuries occur whilst tired so get your packing done early and have a good night’s sleep if going away early in the morning.
  • Make sure you arrive at the airport with plenty of time. Rushing often lead to injuries too!

When driving

When driving there are many factors to consider to preven injury.

  • Remember to make adjustments to your seating position. Most back problems are caused or aggravated by poor posture. Position the seat slightly backwards and ensure you can adequately relax the elbows into a natural comfortable position before you go.
  • Once driving make sure you relax at the wheel, as this reduces stress on the spine and allows the seat to support your body.
  • When driving for any period of time remember to take regular breaks to stop and stretch your arms legs and back, these breaks should be at least every two hours to avoid stiffening of the back region in particular.
  • If you’re stuck in traffic and can’t stop and get out of the car there are some simple exercises you can do. Buttock clenches and small side bends, shoulder shrugs and circles can be done whilst in your seat and will help to reduce the static pressure that sitting in one position can bring.

If You Are Flying

If you are flying on your trip abroad there are other factors to consider.

  • Alcohol is not a good idea before a flight. Alcohol acts to dehydrate the body and exaggerate any muscle pain and increase the risk of cramps occurring during the flight. Drink lots of water instead.
  • Although you will be restricted to your seat for most of the flight there are exercises you can do to reduce stress. Like when driving, buttock clenches, shoulder shrugs and circles can be done when seated and will reduce the pressure on the arms, legs and back.
  • On a plane there is usually plenty of opportunity to get up and stretch your legs. Don’t miss out on this chance to get mobile and prevent deep vein thrombosis!

At The Airport

At the airport, many things can be done to reduce the impact on your body.

  • Remember you are allowed to walk around the airport and don’t have to use the travellators. Particularly after a long flight this will help to get your joints moving again normally.
  • When wheeling your cases around the airport and hotel try pushing the cases rather than pulling them behind you. This reduces the amount of twisting in the upper body and back reducing the risk of injury especially after a long flight.

Once You Arrive at Your Destination

Once you arrive at your destination after a significant amount of travel it’s important not to just get to your room and forget about looking after yourself.

  • Test out your mattress and if it’s too hard ask the hotel staff for a spare duvet or blanket which you can place over the bed to soften the impact.
  • When lounging around by the pool or on the beach, it’s important not to lie on your front for too long arched up reading. Consider lying forwards over the front of the sun lounger so that your head is off the front. This will prevent your neck and back from staying extended for any period of time.
  • As with any other situation, remember to change your position and walk around regularly to reduce the risk of posturually related injury.

The most important thing is to enjoy your holiday, and by following these tips you should be able to reduce the risk of injury which often ruins your trip away.

If you want any further advice or need treatment contact the ISIS Chiropractic Centres, we would be more than happy to answer any queries you may have.

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