Travel Travails: Overhead, Uh-oh!
Flying and bags overhead: a recipe for many an injury
Traveling this holiday season? Believe it or not, how you use the overhead space on a plane is essential to maximizing time with loved ones. There are so many ways that putting a bag overhead can lead to an injury which can ruin holiday plans.
Here are a few reminders of how to keep yourself safe:
- Pack Light: Fewer shoes, less heavy electronics and carefully selected coordinated clothing make for an easier time lifting and maneuvering your bag. I, myself, prefer to carry a backpack. It’s easier to stow and go.
- Watch Body Mechanics: Use two hands, and keep some space to use momentum while transitioning your bag up. Once the bag is inside the overhead space, square yourself and, again, use two hands to push it in.
- Remember Gravity: When removing your bag, gravity takes over. Guide the bag down and let the floor be the brakes; your wrist, elbow and shoulder will be thankful. I recently observed a master in action.
- Watch Out for Others! Yes, you have your bag under control. Not everyone else does. Watch for falling bags, or stuff falling out of them. Head injuries are one of the most common plane related injuries. (Yes, we can help with those!)
- Do Good Deeds: Being the conscientious person you are, help a fellow traveler out. The end goal is for everyone to arrive safely to enjoy this special time of year.
When an oops does happen, we are here for you.
A unique process to get you back in action
Yes, you had an injury. Why isn’t it getting better on its own?
The most recent injury may be just the final straw on top of already compromised movement relationships.
We take your entire injury and developmental history into account looking at how your head, core, and limbs currently move. Then we compare these relationships to how they are naturally supposed to work together.
This ground-up analytical process leads us to the missing piece of your puzzle and why you aren’t healing.
We use the gentle Bridging technique® movements to re-set the missing movement relationships, and then match-up how your left and right sides work together. This allows you to return to moving easily and pain-free!