Surviving the Holiday’s, Minus the Headaches!

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So Christmas and the holiday season are just around the corner! And no one enjoys the headache of dealing with pain while you’re trying to relax! We have all just endured a year like no other! So YES, you deserve a holiday. And Yes, you deserve to enjoy it to the fullest! WITHOUT your body breaking down. Neck Pain, Back Pain or Headaches. These can all ruin a holiday pretty quickly? 

Here are a few tips and tricks that will allow you to stay as healthy and as pain-free during your holiday break.

Tip #1: Take Regular Breaks:

With the borders now open, we are free to go anywhere in Australia. For some of us, this means dusting off the camping gear, hitching up the caravan, and finding a nice secluded spot to call home for a few nights! Driving for long distances requires concentration. And just like sitting at your desk at work. We advise you to get up every hour. The same is true for your driving holidays. Plan regular stops, get out, stretch your legs, take a mental break. Your body will thank you when you get to the other side. 

If you would like a copy of our “Whole Body Mobility/ Stretch routine, simply send us an email (CLICK HERE) and we’ll send it straight to you! Complete with video demonstrations! 

Tip # 2: TAKE YOUR PILLOW:  headaches

If you’re like me, I LOVE my pillow. And no matter how good the hotel pillow menu is. It’s just not the same as my own pillow. Especially for those of us who have a sensitive neck or prone to headaches. Knowing I’m going to get a good night’s sleep on the pillow is essential. A little tougher if your flying somewhere. But can certainly be done! 

Tip #3: Have the Correct Equipment. 

Sure you may think your Macgyver when it comes to the handyman skills around the campsite. But ensuring you have the correct equipment is vital! 

  1. Correct Footwear:  If you’re going to be hiking or walking, pack your sneakers or hiking boots. Long walks in thongs is a recipe for disaster and a fast track to a stress fracture, back pain, hip pain or knee pain. 
  2. Luggage: most have wheels for a reason. Use them. Use luggage that is lightweight and easier to carry, lift and move between locations! 
  3. Pillow:  See above
  4. Car service: If you’re going on a driving holiday, make sure your car has been recently serviced! Nothing ruins a holiday than an RACV call in the middle of nowhere! Much like our bodies need a service. So does the car! 

Tip #4: Stay Hydrated. 

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Yes, it’s the festive season. Yes, there are more than likely going to be a few drinks had! Be sensible, know your limits. Water between alcoholic drinks is a great option. As is staying well hydrated through the day. Electrolyte replacement drinks, Berroca or Voost are all great options too! Preventing those dehyration headaches is far better than trying to popping multiple panadols. 

 

Tip #5: Maintain Your Sleep Routine

Try to maintain your normal sleep pattern/routine. Yes, there may be some late nights catching up with friends or staying late at a restaurant. But make sure your sleep routines remain as stable as possible. If you have had minimal sleep, maybe opt for a ligher training routine.Reduced sleep has been linked to injury.  Sleep

 

Tip #6: Maintain your Movement Routine: 

If you are someone who enjoys their morning walks or Yoga routine. Keep this up. Our bodies and our minds enjoy routine. There is nothing better than an early morning stretching session or yoga routine with a fresh view or a beach to yourself! 

Tip #7: Sort out your Niggles! 

Now is the time to get those body aches and pains. Those slight niggles seen to. Just like the car service. Our bodies require a service too. Neck pain causing headaches. Tight muscles leading to back pain. Tight hips. Or Stiff Shoulders. Are all areas we love to treat. and treat well. AreBack Pain causing Come in, and let us make sure you are able to enjoy your holiday fetsive period pain free and living life to the fullest!  

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Tip #8:

Last but not least.Wear Sunscreen! Your future self will thank you!

As usual if you have any specific questions, that we can help with. Please reach out. We are here to help you: Reduce Pain, restore Movement Improve Strenght. 

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