After traveling, body/musculoskeletal aches and pains can present from continual standing in line, sitting, staying in the same position, carrying a heavy bag or pulling a suitcase, and sleeping in an unfamiliar bed with different pillows, on a plane or car can cause body imbalances, jerking the spine out of alignment, straining the neck, shoulders, and back causing headaches, soreness, stiffness, back pain, and compression. Chiropractic massage and decompression will relieve travel pains, loosen stiff and sore joints, soothe aching muscles, realign the spine, and restore body health and comfort.
The musculoskeletal system is comprised of:
- Tissues that move the body and help maintain structure and form.
The health of the musculoskeletal system is defined as the absence of injury, disease, or illness within the system. Keeping this system healthy is crucial for the health of the other body systems.
Common Muskuloskeletal Conditions
- Musculoskeletal injuries – work-related, personal, automobile, sports, or physical activity
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Hip pain
- Crystal arthritis
- Inflammatory arthritis
Chiropractic Massage Therapy After Traveling
Musculoskeletal health is enhanced by increased circulation that increases oxygen flow that relaxes the mind and body. Overworked sore, tired muscles after traveling can keep the body tense which could lead to chronic stress symptoms. Chiropractic massage therapy effectively reduces stress and anxiety by manipulating the body tissues like the muscles, tendons, connective tissues, and ligaments, increasing blood circulation and improving flexibility.
- The body is weak after traveling into different time zones, which can cause jet lag, stress, and relaxation problems.
- Jet lag can cause sleep problems, leading to extreme fatigue, headaches, and nausea.
- Chiropractic can alleviate jet lag effects quickly by working/massaging/stretching out the muscles, increasing blood flow, flushing out toxins, and calming the body.
- The stress starts right before the trip when preparing, packing, and setting up the house while away.
- The body tenses up when traveling to maintain focus, stay alert, and be ready for surprises.
- When on vacation, having fun and doing all kinds of activities can make individuals forget to relax.
- Waking up early and going to bed late can contribute to travel stress.
- Chiropractic therapy will relieve all the strain and return the body to a relaxed state.
Relieve Back Pressure
- Sitting for hours can increase pressure on the spine.
- The muscles become stiff from the immobility accumulating pressure on the body and the mind, increasing the risk for other pains.
- Chiropractic therapy will help lower heart rate and blood pressure relieving discomfort and stiffness.
Relax and Sleep
- The internal body clock can get thrown off when traveling, resulting in little to no sleep and irritability.
- Driving or flying will drain the body and mind, which can cause fatigue and anxiety.
- Chiropractic will restore body and mind functions resulting in sleep and relaxation.
Spinal Decompression Texas
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