1. TAKE REGULAR BREAKS
This may seem like an obvious one for road trips, but how easy is it to tell yourself “we’re almost there, I’ll just have a break at the next stop instead”? Skipping regular breaks can leave you feeling stiff and sore, not to mention the endless list of effects from driver fatigue. The next time you go for a drive leave a bit earlier and make it a priority to have regular breaks- at least every 2 hours. Get out of the car, stretch the muscles in your back, legs, shoulders and neck. This will help refresh your body and your mind so you can continue driving without feeling as exhausted.
2. ADJUST YOUR MIRRORS
How many times have you been driving and noticed you’re slouching closer and closer to the steering wheel? It probably happens more often than you realise. Along with adjusting your seat to a comfortable height that supports your back, you may also want to try arranging the mirrors in your car slightly higher than usual. This can be a good reminder to sit up a bit straighter while driving and may save your neck and shoulders from getting a bit stiff by the time you get to your destination.
3. WE LIKE TO MOVE IT, MOVE IT
Now that we all have that song stuck in our head, let’s talk about the importance of moving! This one can be applied in the car, plane, train or whatever transport you are using for your traveling adventures! If you’re planning on taking a long flight or sitting on transport for a while then you may want to have a quick read about Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Being immobile for an extended time can put you at risk of developing DVT, where blood clots form in the legs. You can help prevent this by moving as often as you can. Ideally, you want to get up and go for a quick walk and stretch your legs. If you haven’t got the option to stand up, you can still do a few exercises such as bending and stretching your hips and knees or making circle actions with your ankles and feet. This will also help you to feel less stiff and ease some of the aches and pains of long trips.
4. PACK YOUR SPIKY BALL
This is one of our most exciting tips! Having a spiky massage ball is like having your very own mobile Myotherapist in your backpack! We love using ours to release those tough knots in our muscles (also known as trigger points) that you can’t quite reach on your own. You can use a spiky ball while lying, sitting down, or leaning against a wall to release those trigger points by placing it on a muscle (e.g. hamstrings) and applying a bit of pressure onto the ball until the tenderness eases away. You can even place two balls together in a sock and roll them up and down either side of your spine- this is a personal favourite of ours. Your muscles will feel much better after those long days of travelling!
5. VISIT YOUR MYOTHERAPIST
Last but not least, before you leave for your holiday pay a quick visit to your local Myotherapist. We are trained in assessing, treating and rehabilitating your musculoskeletal conditions and concerns. We can create a management plan tailored to suit your personal needs before you go. This can include treating any areas of concern in the clinic and giving you stretches/ corrective exercises that may help while you are away. If you have recently returned from a holiday and noticed your body is feeling a bit tired from all the driving, hiking, or you’ve just spent too many nights sleeping on a blow-up mattress, pop into a clinic and we can assist you in getting your body ready to return to work… but unfortunately, we are yet to find any cure for those post-holiday blues!
Sometimes it’s the smallest changes that can have the greatest effects. Try our top 5 tips when you are going on your next adventure to help your body feel like it’s been on a holiday too.