After dragging your suitcase through the airport and into the plane, your back is killing you before your holiday trip has even gotten underway. You grimace at the thought that your next 8 hours will be spent in a cramped seat with no leg room or space to stretch out.
If you have chronic back pain, this is not exactly the type of holiday that was advertised in the travel brochure. What travel tips do the experts have to reduce back pain when traveling?
The following suggestions are taken from three Spine Health articles:
Lift luggage in stages
Bend at the knees and use your leg muscles rather than back muscles to lift. Avoid twisting your low back while lifting; instead, pivot with your feet. Carry heavy items as closely to your body as possible. Distribute weight evenly on each side of your body. If carrying one shoulder bag, switch sides often to avoid stressing one side of your back.
If your seat is too high, support your feet on a footrest and keep your knees at a right angle.
Move as much as possible.
Get up and stretch and move around frequently – every 20 to 30 minutes if possible.
Other suggestions from these articles include :
- Mail your essentials ahead of time and then just carry one small bag on board with you.
- Pack two or three smaller bags rather than one large heavy bag.
- Use a high quality, lightweight backpack.
- Support your spine with a back roll or ask for extra pillows.
Schedule smart by booking a flight for a time of day when the plane is likely to be less full so as to give you more room. (Yikes – This could be quite a challenge when traveling over the holidays!)
My Travel (Or Anytime) Tip That Is Better Than Reducing Back Pain
What could I possibly add to these excellent suggestions? Here it is:
Do something about your back problem so that your holiday trips and rest of your life are pain free.
To learn what you can do to permanently eliminate your chronic back pain and get on with the fun things in life, read my Curing Chronic Pain website. Two good articles to get you started are: Chronic Upper Back Pain Mid Back Pain And Low Back Pain – The Plagues Of The 21st Century and Chronic Back Pain: Can It Be Caused By A Problem In Your Feet?
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Professor/Dr. Brian A. Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of the International Academy of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
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