This article has several tips on pain-free travel that you may wish to write down for future use.
Back pain doesn’t have to bring your life to a complete standstill. While the most severe cases of back pain can be debilitating and make leaving the house next to impossible, the good news is that most people do not suffer from these types of back pain.
Usually, you may have acute pain or chronic pain that’s episodic. In other words, you have back pain, but life still goes on. You can manage with medication, massage and other methods.
If you’re working, you may be required to travel for business purposes. You may also have planned a trip with your family.
Surely, you’re not going to let your back pain get the better of you and make you cancel on much awaited plans.
The good news is that you don’t need to.
You just need to be aware of a few travel tips that will help to make your journey a little smoother and relatively pain free.
* When traveling on buses, planes or trains, always sit by the aisle. It will allow you to stretch your legs and move more easily. Disembarkation or going to the restroom will be easier too, especially on a plane.
* As much as possible, look for the bulkhead seat or the seat close to the emergency exit seat on a plane. There’s more leg room.
* Use rolling luggage bags that have wheels for easy transportation. Avoid backpacks or bags that you need to carry. These will strain your back.
* Stowing away your luggage in the overhead compartments is not a good idea because you don’t want to lift the bags over your head. It’s best to check them in. Even your hand carry baggage should just be stowed under your seat. If you want, you could ask one of the flight attendants to assist you.
* Sometimes, air travel can make your back hurt because of the long sitting periods. If that happens, rest your back for a few hours once you reach your hotel room. Do not straightway start sightseeing or engage in strenuous activities. This time that you take to rest your back will help you. You don’t want to be out of commission for the rest of the trip just because you strained yourself too much on the first day.
* Get a neck pillow for yourself prior to travel. The neck has a direct impact on the how the back feels. Give your neck proper support and your back will thank you for it.
* Avoid alcohol consumption on the flight. They’ll dehydrate you, affect your sleep patterns and exacerbate your back pain.
* Whether you’re driving on a road trip or flying on an airplane or zooming by in a train, always get up once every hour and walk about. Of course, with a car, you’ll need to stop first and get out to stretch a bit. This will aid in blood circulation and make your back feel better.
* Wear proper footwear. Consider if you’ll be walking a lot or doing any activities that may be physical in nature. Prepare accordingly.
* If you’re at a hotel, tip the bellboy to help you with the bags. If you’re shopping and laden with bags, tip the cab driver to assist you with the bags.
These are just a few tips to help you out. Most of it is common sense. Many people are unable to put their ego aside and still try to be capable and ‘endure’ the pain. This is unnecessary and merely aggravates and worsens the condition.
Do the needful to make things as easy on your back as possible, and your travel will be pain-free.