Holiday travel can be brutal on your body. As a chiropractor, we’ve seen first-hand how long hours spent jammed into a small seat on an airplane has the potential to cause a flare up of pain in your low back or neck. Even if you are traveling by car, be careful when lifting suitcases that are stuffed with an entire closet worth of clothes and gifts. Proper spinal alignment can help your body function at its highest level and keep the back pain at bay!
Your spine performs at its best when it has a balance of strength and flexibility. Chiropractic adjustments help your spine move comfortably through its entire range of motion. What’s more, when your spine is in alignment and balanced, your muscles perform better. Lifting too much weight at awkward angles can put a tremendous amount of stress on your spine and cause injuries, and after a few hours of sitting still in a plane or a car, your body isn’t prepared to immediately start lifting 50 lb. suitcases. Be prepared and take a few moments during your travel to stretch, move your body, and warm up before doing any heavy lifting.
- Stop in and get adjusted before you leave on vacation to improve how you feel and function.
- If your flight is more than an hour, be sure to get up and stretch your legs.
- Be cautious and lift with your legs when moving suitcases and gifts.
A lot of patients have told us that getting adjusted before leaving for their vacation helped them avoid having a relapse of pain. Give your back a gift and consider coming in to get an adjustment now that the dust has settled from all the holidays!
Spinal mobility plays a crucial role in your overall health and well-being, but proper nutrition is also important. Treat yourself to good health this new year by making good choices with your nutrition. The weeks around Christmas and new year can be a difficult time to eat healthy. The abundant leftovers, travel, and stress make it easy to compromise and stop by the drive-thru on the way home. But, did you know recent research indicates that the foods you eat can actually impact your likelihood of getting sick?
Why it Matters:
Inflammation can be triggered by the foods you eat, and chronic inflammation has been linked to everything from cancer to heart disease and even arthritis. However, by choosing the right foods, you can not only reduce your risk of illness but also reduce the prevalence of inflammation in your body.
- The foods you eat can either increase or decrease the inflammatory disease process.
- Fried foods, refined carbohydrates, and sweet drinks cause inflammation and have been linked to an increased risk of heart disease.
- Fruits and vegetables are high in natural antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties.
Eating good, healthy food doesn’t need to be boring. Everyone on our team has a favorite tasty (and healthy) meal. So, if you are struggling to come up with ideas on how you can eat health, let us know! We would be happy to share some of our favorite meals to help inspire you this new year!