Pain Free Travel : 7 tips for your next road trip or flight
May 21, 2015
By now, we all know that prolonged sitting is bad for our bodies. Most of us have read or heard about the studies, and try to make a conscious effort to sit less. But, what if there's no easy way to avoid prolonged sitting, like during a long car ride or a day spent traveling on a plane? Here are 7 tips to stay pain-free during your next road trip or flight:
- Bring a lumbar support roll. These special pillows are designed to keep your lumbar spine supported and will help minimize lower back pain and sciatica. If you can't use one of these specialty pillows, try rolling up a towel instead.
- During a road trip, take frequent rest stops. Get out and do a couple simple stretches- like standing up and slowly arching backward for a second or two. Be sure to walk around to help restore circulation in your legs.
- Bring an ice pack in a small travel cooler just in case the pain strikes while on the road. If that’s not practical, at least carry a freezer storage bag that you could fill with ice.
- Don't sit on your wallet or cell phone. Any object in your back pocket will cause your spine and pelvis to be out of alignment while sitting.
- If you’re traveling by air, consider upgrading your seat so you can sit in an emergency exit row- this means more room for your legs to stretch out.
- Don't sit around during layovers. You'll do enough sitting on the plane. Use that time to walk, browse the airport, or stretch.
- Remember to stay hydrated. Drinking lots of water will help with jet lag and fatigue and as a bonus, you'll need to frequent the restroom which means you'll get more time on your feet.
With some awareness and planning, you can minimize travel-related discomfort. If you have a
trip planned soon and are concerned about your condition, call us for a check up. We can help
you stay comfortable and enjoy your vacation or business trip.