Back Impact from Travel

If you travel frequently, you may experience back pain from time to time. Unfortunately, this is often a side effect from sitting for long periods of time, carrying backpacks, and squirming to get comfortable so you can catch some shuteye in the confined space of a car, train or airplane. We will be talking about some tips to minimize the negative impact travel has on your back.

Make sure you get up to stretch or walk around every 30 minutes. This not only unloads the pressure on the spinal disks, it also reduces the risk of thrombosis or blood clots in your legs. Try lumbar extension exercises (back bends) to help keep the vertebral disks moving and hydrated.

As an aside, according to scientists, the muscle activity needed for standing and other movement seems to trigger important processes related to the breakdown of fats and sugars within the body. When you sit, these processes stall — and your health risks increase.

Michael C. Geraci Jr.

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