Now holiday season is upon us it is important to stay safe while you are away. Of course, it’s crucial to keep your money hidden and remember to wear sunscreen, but that aside a holiday is a very precious thing so do not let the prospect of pain ruin your relaxation, why not follow these top tips to promote a healthier and therefore far happier vacation:
Have a check-up before you jet off,
Ice isn’t just for your drink,
Consider your sunbed posture,
Take a walk once in a while,
What to do if your mattress is uncomfortable,
Regular spinal checks are of benefit to us all and where a concern has previously existed then it is only sensible to keep it in check. It may therefore be of benefit to visit your Osteopath before you jet off just to make sure that all is as well as possible back wise.
Most people ditch their self-care routine whilst they are away which makes them vulnerable. If you can keep your inflammation levels at bay by continuing with or even stepping up your ice packing regime then you will be far less likely to suffer from a symptom flare up.
Lying on your front really isn’t generally advisable so spending time doing so just to get a tan can be a very fraught undertaking. If you place a folded towel under your stomach to prevent your low back from banana-ing and then place another under your forehead so that you can look straight at your sunbed rather than needing to twist your neck to either side then you should stay comfortable for longer but if you have any back or neck pain or are just recovering from a flare up then please do avoid this option.
Some consider sitting to be almost as bad for us as smoking, although this is somewhat of an exaggeration rather than lounging all day it is best to get up, move around and take in the sights on foot as this will really help your joints to regain and retain their flexibility.
If your mattress is a little short on give, then lie on top of your duvet/bedding to create some degree of comfort and mould-ability and whatever you do don’t have a massage on holiday, especially if there is a language barrier, unless you like that I’ve just gone 10 rounds with Mike Tyson feeling!
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