Planning for a long summer road trip this summer? Do you usually emerge from your car stiff and sore?
Riding in a car for long periods of time can be hard on your body. It takes its toll on your neck, shoulders, legs and especially your back.
The Mayo Clinic says sitting for prolonged periods can cause a host of issues. So, it’s a good idea to plan ahead for your next road trip.
In this article, we look at how you can avoid back issues on a summer road trip.
The first thing you can do is avoid sitting too long by stopping frequently.
While stopping every 30 minutes isn’t part of your game plan, try to stop at least every hour or two. Get out of the car stretch and move around a little.
Stretch your back and your hamstrings and then walk a little bit. Your goal is to stimulate your body and increase the circulation into your back and muscles.
It’s also a good idea to swap drivers every few hours. Not only does this keep the driver alert, but it allows the driver to stretch his legs in the passenger seat. And if you have kids, you can bet they’ll do better if you stop every so often for them to get rid of energy!
Adjust the Headrest
Safety rules say the top of your headrest should be at your eye level. That’s a minimum requirement, and a better option is to keep it higher or level with the top of your head.
Tilt your headrest at an angle about an inch from your head.
While you need to stay alert while driving, taking a break and giving your neck a rest are good solutions. So, when you aren’t driving, rest your head so your neck can relax.
When it comes to your seat, make sure it’s in the most comfortable position possible.
Ditch the Wallet and the Phone
There’s no need to sit on your wallet or your smartphone. This sends your posture off kilter, and it can affect your back on long summer road trips.
Use Cruise Control
When you drive for long periods, you might notice your leg and your foot begin to ache. This is because of the constant pressure you are putting on the gas pedal.
When driving for long periods, use cruise control to provide your leg some freedom and to release the pressure on your foot.
Soak in a Hot Tub
If your destination features a hot tub, use it!
This is the best way to relax your body after a long day of driving. Your muscles will decompress, and the warm water plus the massaging jets will rejuvenate your sore neck and back.
If you don’t have access to a hot tub or spa, make sure to walk and stretch once you arrive at your destination.
Before the Trip
If you have a hot tub at home, take advantage of its healing benefits before you hit the road.
Take a 20-minute soak before you get in your car and start your trip. Your HotSprings Spa can help you decompress your back and improve your body’s circulation.
Use the water’s buoyancy and the jets to massage your neck, shoulders and back. Release any tension there so you can start your drive fresh and loose.
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