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Stretch Your Way to Safer, More Comfortable Air Travel
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By Dr. Chad Laurence

Owner and educator Dr. Chad Laurence is in private family practice at Corrective Chiropractic in Hockessin. After earning his doctorate from Life University of Chiropractic in Marietta, Ga., Dr. Laurence began practicing chiropractic in 2000. ...

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Owner and educator Dr. Chad Laurence is in private family practice at Corrective Chiropractic in Hockessin. After earning his doctorate from Life University of Chiropractic in Marietta, Ga., Dr. Laurence began practicing chiropractic in 2000. Before his chiropractic studies, Dr. Laurence received a BS degree in Microbiology from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Laurence is one of only two doctors in Delaware who is certified in Chiropractic Biophysics, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the CBP technique. With a focus on chiropractic, structural spinal correction, nutrition, education, specific training, and massage therapy, Dr. Laurence is able to relieve symptoms for individuals suffering with physical problems, including neck and low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, arthritis, and intestinal difficulties. His approach is also particularly successful at helping children with chronic ear infections, asthma, allergies, ADD/ADHD, bed-wetting issues, colic and immune system disorders. Dr. Laurence is an experienced presenter who has been invited to speak in a variety of venues. He has published articles in regional health publications and area newspapers. Dr. Laurence and Corrective Chiropractic have been voted “Best Chiropractor in Delaware” by readers of several local newspapers. He currently serves on the boards of the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce, Arthritis Foundation of Delaware, and is a long-standing member of Longwood Rotary. For more information about Dr. Laurence or Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP), call Corrective Chiropractic at (302) 234-1115 or visit www.correctivechiro.net.

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            As summer unfolds many of us will hop into a car or board an airplane to head for enjoyable destinations. Although reasons for vacation travel are pleasant, the trip can mean sitting in a cramped position for long periods. You arrive ready to relax, only to find that you are stiff, sore, and fatigued.

             The physical stresses of traveling can lead to pain and muscle spasms. Although less common, the result is occasionally severe: blood clots or deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Development of clots sometimes leads to hospitalization and can even be fatal.

             Fortunately, simple stretches help offset inactivity:

             • When the pilot permits it, walk around – every 30 to 45 minutes on longer flights.

            • Sitting, lift your feet and make circular motions with each ankle, clockwise and counterclockwise. For fun, point your toes to form letters and words!

            • If waiting for the lavatory, bend and touch the walkway with your fingers close to your toes.

            • An in-lavatory exercise – place both hands on the wall, and put one foot in front of the other as far apart as space allows. Lunge.

            • In the aisle, stand on one leg, bend the opposite knee until your heel is close to your buttock. Maintain for 15 seconds. Switch legs.

            • In your seat, keep your head against the headrest. Clasp your hands together beside your head. Tilt your head sideways moving your ear to your other shoulder. Hold. Repeat, starting on the other side.

            • With your right hand touch the back left part of your shoulder. Then place your left hand on your right elbow and pull. Switch sides after 15 seconds.

             Stretching during flights and long vehicle rides helps to increase energy, flexibility, and range of motion.  If you experience stiffness and pain for more than a day or two after a trip, then chiropractic techniques can likely help restore your cramped muscles to full pain-free function. For deep leg or calf pain, consult your medical doctor immediately.

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