A lot of people are going on vacation in these latter weeks of summer. Getting away from it all is great, but if you have a back problem you’re taking your pain along with you on the trip.
So here are a few ideas to help avoid ruining your summer vacation.
First, start with the packing. You are better off packing 2-3 smaller bags than 1 larger bag. Even the smaller ones can be tough, so if you have to lift them, make certain to get some help. Smaller overnight suitcases with wheels are the best. They are the easiest to move and put the least strain on your body.
Second, pack things that can help you manage any small episodes of back and neck pain, especially if you’re spending time in uncomfortable car seats, or even more cramped airplane and train seats. Ice packs are a necessary travel companion. I am not personally a fan of over the counter pain medication, but some people find that they can be helpful and use them to temporarily manage pain.
Third, and maybe most important, if you have a spinal problem and you are already under the care of a chiropractor, make sure that you get adjusted before you leave on your trip. It may not be enough to fix your problem, but it might be just enough to keep your pain manageable while you are gone. If you are away and need to see someone right away, find a chiropractor near you and have them give me a call… if you’re a patient of The Back Care Center, that is! I will tell them about your condition and how to help you. It is not uncommon at vacation spots for chiropractors to see a patient once or twice until they can get back home to their regular doctor.
Meanwhile all of us at The Back Care Center are wishing you a great rest of the summer! We hope it is happy, safe and pain-free.
The Back Care Center is located in Dumont, NJ and we see patients from our surrounding towns including Bergenfield, Bogota, Closter, Cresskill, Englewood, Harrington Park, New Milford, Ridgefield Park, Teaneck and Tenafly. Call us at 201-387-7463 to schedule an appointment today.