Supporting your spine health and reducing your pain when you travel can be a challenge. Carrying bending, lifting, and carrying heavy suitcases followed by prolonged sitting can take a toll. However, with just a little advanced planning, you should be able to enjoy your trip. Learn how to avoid back pain during long flights.
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Stretch Those Legs During Long Flights
Whether you’ll take a plane, train, bus, or automobile, the same advice applies. Getting out of your seat to stretch, change positions, and walk around frequently will make a big difference in the way you’ll feel. Because sitting in the same spot for long periods can cause pain and stiffness.
If you’re flying, try to choose an aisle seat to make this an easier task. Even better, if you can use miles or afford the additional expense, upgrade to a roomier aisle seat. When packing, remember that each item you pack is one that you’ll need to lift. So, try to minimize what you bring and check bags that you can’t easily lift. Use wheeled bags, and if possible, utilize a small backpack. Therefore, distributing weight evenly rather than carrying a shoulder bag.
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Save Space for Essentials
Consider bringing space-saving versions of items that can alleviate your back pain, such as an inflatable lumbar pillow, travel size foam roller, or heat wraps. A sweatshirt or jacket can also be rolled and placed behind the neck or back for support. Additionally, remember to bring a few extra days of any medications. Therefore, helping you manage your pain and also in case your trip is delayed or extended.
Don’t Stress to Avoid Back Pain During Long Flights
Finally, reduce your stress and the tension that can make back pain flare-up. Allow plenty of time to arrive at your destination or airport. And don’t overschedule your trip. Therefore, bringing a book or watching a movie to help you pass the time enjoyably. When stressful situations occur, try to practice deep breathing or other relaxation techniques, such as yoga.
Also, see Yoga for Your Spine Health
When you arrive, you may want to book a massage to relax and work-out any stiffness or achiness. So, by following these guidelines, it’s possible to relax and enjoy your summer travel. However, if you are experiencing pain from your travels or would like more information on ways to prevent it, please call or visit Spine & Orthopedic Center today. Our doctors can help you determine the cause of your pain and ways to prevent and treat it.