How To Travel Stress-Free With TMD
With summer right around the corner, we know many of our patients are busy preparing their travel plans. During the past few summers, it has been a little difficult to travel safely the way we have in previous years. We know many of our patients are excited and looking forward to what they have planned, whether it is visiting a favorite location or heading somewhere they have never been before. For patients who experience TMD, traveling can be a bit tricky at times, and we recommend taking a few precautions to ensure that you enjoy your travels free of discomfort. Continue reading to learn these helpful tips.
Tips for Traveling with TMD
Do you suffer from TMD and get a little nervous before traveling? Many travelers feel nervous before setting off to their destination; however, we know that some of our patients who suffer from TMD may have some added concerns. We want to share helpful tips to ensure that you remain comfortable on your trip.
Stress is an immediate trigger for many TMD patients. It is beneficial to plan your trip ahead of time to be sure of your itinerary and to avoid any last minute decisions or changes. It is also wise to be sure that your trip will be at a leisurely pace. You don’t want to try and accomplish too much and become overwhelmed and stressed.
Take Breaks or Walks
Sitting for long periods of time can lead to added stress on your body. If taking a long car ride, be sure to break frequently and take a brief walk to stretch your legs and your body. Traveling by plane can be a little more difficult, but we recommend walking in the aisle of the airplane regularly to move and stretch.
Bring a Pillow
A small pillow can be beneficial for any method of travel. It can be helpful for providing support to your neck, head and even your lower back. If you become uncomfortable, move the pillow as needed.
If you have any questions about traveling with TMD this summer, feel free to call us at our office located in Silverdale, WA.