Lifting Luggage Safely-Chiropractic Advice

If you are one of the many people looking to travel long distances to spend time with far-flung relatives or simply just to escape the stresses and strains of working life in, this time of the year can soon get on top of you!

If it isn’t the scramble to get the travel plans themselves finalised then it will be frantically trying to get the shopping done in time for all those travel knickknacks.

With so many people descending on our nation’s airports, there are bound to be injuries related to the strain of hauling a suitcase which Chiropractic can help with.

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Specific Tips On How To Prevent Injuries

To prevent such occurrences, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has compiled a series of tips focused on helping travellers over the coming months. 

There were almost 54,000 injuries last year relating to lifting luggage alone and with this in mind the following information should be heeded:

  • If your luggage is 20 years old, with a frayed handle, no wheels, or a wheel that’s all but disintegrated over years of wear and tear, it may be time to invest in a new unit.  Choose a suitcase that’s lightweight, can easily be hoisted up via a handle, and that has all of the wheels in good repair.
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  • Chiropractors regularly see people suffering who have left packing until the last minute and simply jammed as much into a suitcase as possible whilst spread out on the floor. Whilst Chiropractic is extremely effective at treating the resultant back pain; prevention is better than cure. Allow plenty of time to pack and ensure that you are doing so on a raised surface to avoid stooping and putting unnecessary strain on your back muscles.
  • Lifting a piece of luggage into an overhead locker can be troublesome. Try to do things in stages to take the pressure off of yourself.  Bend down and hoist the suitcase onto the seat first.  With that motion complete, bend your knees with your hands on either side of the luggage and then lift straight up, positioning the luggage so that the wheels face inward.
  • Lifting the suitcases off the luggage belt at the airport can be difficult. Ask people to stand away from the belt to make it easier to spot the bags, to give you time to prepare for the lift. Make sure you have plenty of room to stand correctly. If the bags are heavy, ask for help!
  • Finally, if you are forced to take a flight of stairs at any point, it is best to lift the luggage rather than dragging it behind you. Dragging it can take its toll on your arms and back as you pull while leaning backward to take the weight on each step.

By following this advice you can enjoy your holiday even more by avoiding the type of injuries that many suffer before they have even touched down at their destination.

However, should you suffer pain at all before, during or after your holiday Chiropractic can help with your discomfort.

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