Video I am recommending: Pain Free Flying
With the increasing number of people beginning to fly again for work and vacation I have been recommending the “Pain Free Flying” video I created a couple of years ago. It highlights what you can do before, during and after your flight in order to avoid a flare up on your trip. It also shows what to pack in your carry on to be prepared for an enjoyable experience. If you have an upcoming trip please take a few minutes to check this one out and while you are on our YouTube channel, please like the video and subscribe!
App I am using: Yoga Studio
After completing the Ironman two weeks ago, I was excited to restart my yoga routine in the garage in the morning before work. I believe that if you are over the age of 40 and are not doing a regular form of stretching you are a ticking time bomb for an injury. I have previously used, and discussed in Trending Tuesday, the app Yoga Studio to accomplish this form of exercise. It is a paid app, but gives you a tremendous amount of options for creating the perfect yoga flow for you. There are also a number of free yoga apps in the app store. This week, roll out your mat, turn off the lights, put on some calming music and enjoy finding some muscles you have been neglecting!
Quote I am repeating: “Everyone feels good on vacation…as long as they can get through their flight!” ~ Dr. Devin Shea D.C.
Yes, I am quoting myself this week. I know, it is super corny. However, I have had so many conversations with patients over the years about how all of their pain, range of motion problems and anxieties magically disappear when they are on vacation. Unfortunately, all of their challenges have a tendency to show back up on the flight coming home and especially during the week after their trip. During this time they are typically thrust back into their work life with even more stress than usual because they feel the need to make up for the time they had taken off. If this sounds like you, please watch the above mentioned video on Pain Free Flying and consider making some changes in your life to help reduce your daily stress levels. My suggestion would be to learn how to politely say “no” to as many things as you can in the week to two weeks after your trip. This “de-loading” will help to make your transition a little smoother!
Have a kick ass week everyone!
Dr. Devin Shea, DC