Getting Straightened Out Overseas: Cracking Backs and Limbs

Travelers, especially those who frequent overseas trips, normally experience back pain problems and aching limbs. This is because there’s an absence of body activities coupled with a pre-existing stiff spine. Usually, we spend our holidays lying on our hotel beds or sunbathing. But believe it or not, majority of sun beds and hotel beds do not provide the lumbar support that our back needs. As a result, we experience back pains. If and when this happens, you can perform simple back exercises to prevent or alleviate the pain. Moreover, you can opt for a relaxing and soothing chiropractic massage that is offered in clinics spread across the continent.

In Europe, the number of facilities offering chiropractic care is growing exponentially. As a matter of fact, there are colleges that train aspiring chiropractors and associations dedicated in overseeing and monitoring chiropractors in the continent. One of which is the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic or AECC, and the European Chiropractic Union (ECU). These being said, there are no standard guidelines or rules set for the chiropractors in the entire European Union. But in some countries, such as the United Kingdom, Denmark and Sweden, chiropractic care is regulated under certain policies and laws.

Back Pain Treatment while Abroad

Before going on a trip, it is important that you know the clinics or hospitals that are near your destination in case there is a medical emergency. For back pain treatment, the most accessible help you can find is a deep, relaxing massage. More often than not, there are massage therapists available in key tourist resorts and hotels. However, what you might need is a firm massage in easing your back pain. There are also chiropractors that are available in most parts of Europe. You can find a list of certified and skilled chiropractors here.

They say that prevention is better than cure. If you don’t want the inconveniences that an aching lower back can bring, here are some tips you can follow:

  • For long flights, use a neck roll. This will help in maintaining a good posture.
  • For long car rides, do not forget to use small pillow for your lower back.
  • Don’t forget to perform stretch exercises for at least 10 minutes daily.
  • Don’t stay in the same position. This leads to intense back pains.
  • Drink plenty of liquids. A dehydrated body is prone to travel ailments such as muscle stiffness and pain.