Traveling long distances on planes, trains, and automobiles is common this time of year, and the stress of all this holiday travel can be overwhelming. Lifting heavy suitcases, hopping in the car for a 13+ hour drive, or even getting the middle seat on an overbooked flight can lead to awkward neck positions and that all too familiar worn-down feeling. It’s no surprise that many people experience increased neck pain and shoulder tension during the holidays! So what can you do about it besides turning into the Grinch and staying home? Here are a few suggestions based on the latest research.
No one should have to rely on dangerous medications to get through the holiday season. Even some of the most common over the counter medications have a laundry list of potentially harmful side effects. If you are experiencing neck pain and shoulder tension, Chiropractic care, massage, and simple stretches and exercises are top alternatives. Researchers have found that Chiropractic care can drastically reduce neck pain, improve mobility, and reduce the overall levels of stress on our musculoskeletal system, which means you can feel better without having to reach for a bottle of pills. Chiropractic care can reduce the stress response triggered by our nervous system, leading to reduced pain, improved range of motion, and fewer muscle spasms.
For many of us, travel is a part of our yearly holiday tradition. As much as the trip can be hard on our bodies, it’s important to visit with friends and family. We want you to have the best holiday season possible, and if you plan on traveling this holiday season, let us know! We would love to show you a few simple stretches and exercises you can do to help you stay well. Give us a call or stop in today. Happy holidays!
Cerebral metabolic changes in men after chiropractic spinal manipulation for neck pain. Alternative therapies in health and medicine. November 2011
Glucose Metabolic Changes in the Brain and Muscles of Patients with Nonspecific Neck Pain Treated by Spinal Manipulation Therapy. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Volume 2017