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The Travel Posture

Are you guilty of slouching shoulders and a hunched back? Do you suffer from neck pain, back pain or sciatica? Chances are you have been travelling Australia for a long period of time.

Do you find this diagnosis hard to believe? Lets look at a few facts:

If you are the designated driver, and you are driving from Uluru to Perth (some estimated 3700kms if you stick to the bitumen), the fact is that for approximately 40 hours of driving you will have both hands attached to the steering wheel.

That means your shoulders will be facing forward for a minimum of 40 hours.

Now I can hear your argument. Nobody realistically drives for 40 hours straight.

That is true. So during rest stops you pull out a set of fold up chairs that fit nicely into the back of your vehicle. They are a convenient style of chair because they do fold up; therefore take up minimal storage space. A great invention for the nomadic lifestyle plus most affordable.

What is the next argument? The overall design of most fold up chairs has a tendency to push your shoulders forward! Plus they often boast a drink holder in one or both arm rests (depending on how much you invested), which encourages your hands to rest near your drink of choice, which again keeps your shoulders forward.

Still not convinced? Think about this: you probably spend over 25% of your life sleeping. With that much of your life spent under the sheets and on top of the bed, it makes sense that proper sleep and a good mattress can go a long way towards mitigating back pain and improving your health. Do caravans, camp trailers, tents, swags, etc come with a recommended mattress for the health of your spine?

Argument won or not, I know this much.

Upon visiting a physiotherapist whilst enjoying North Queensland, I was informed that my posture was in need of rectifying. Shoulders back, chin up, back straight, go home and complete these exercises.

My fourth visit included a fatal question. What is it that you do? My innocent answer had me winded and in pain whilst the physiotherapist jealously treated me with the most heavily handed massage one could endure.

Perhaps I should not have mentioned that I spend most of my days swimming and snorkelling around the beautiful North Queensland islands. Perhaps I should not have boasted about my diet of tropical fruits, fresh fish and crayfish. Perhaps next time I should drone on about how miserable and boring life can be?

Either way, look after your posture and consider what you invest in (furniture or physiotherapy).

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