One of the most frustrating aspects of suffering from back pain is that it can limit your ability to get out-and-about. Some of the patients visiting our chiropractor clinic in Stoke on Trent mention that they avoid travel altogether, as they are worried that it may lead to increased back pain.
Fortunately, there are several ways to reduce the risk of back pain during travel. In this article, Our Stoke chiropractor shares a few of these simple tips. If you have any questions or want to visit our chiropractor before your trip, give City Chiropractic Clinic a call on 01782 848 184.
Book Your Flight Early To Get a Good Seat
If you are travelling via plane, do your best to secure an exit row seat. It will give you more room to stretch your legs during the flight and you won’t be forced to stand up when other travellers get up or sit down.
If an exit row seat isn’t available, choose an aisle seat, as it will be easier to get up and move about during the flight. You could also opt for a business or first class seat if your finances allow it.
If Travelling By Car Have Frequent Breaks
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen an increase in the number of people having ‘staycations’, where they go on short holidays within the UK. In many cases, they simply drive to their destination.
Unfortunately, this can involve several hours sitting in a car as you travel over bumpy roads, which is not good if you already have a sore back.
To avoid long car trips wreaking havoc on your back, schedule in several breaks during your journey. Each break should be 10 or 15 minutes long and involve some walking around or stretching. If you plan ahead, you can take stops at scenic locations you are interested in seeing.
Don’t Rush Around
Plan your trip carefully, so you don’t have to rush around and risk an injury to your back. Planning ahead will also help you avoid stress, which can worsen back pain.
Write down an itinerary which provides a generous amount of time for each task. It’s better to have an extra 15 minutes on your hands when you arrive at the airport instead of frantically running towards the terminal to make your flight!
The quickest way to find yourself visiting a chiropractor with a sore back is to take heavy suitcases or bags on your journey. Lifting or carrying heavy objects can inflame old back injuries and potentially cause new ones.
Reduce the number of items that you take with you when travelling and avoid taking heavy items. You can also use several smaller suitcases to reduce the amount of weight you will be lifting when you pick a suitcase up. If you are forced into taking heavy items, use a suitcase with wheels and ask for help when lifting it into a car or airport carousel.
Use A Neck Pillow
Having a comfortable pillow available will reduce the risk of developing a sore neck during travel. A pillow can also be used to provide lumbar support, reducing the risk of lower back pain. If you don’t have room to take a pillow, try using a small towel, t-shirt, or blanket for lumbar support. If you are looking for suggestions on the types of travel accessories which make back pain less likely, talk to our chiropractor in Stoke On Trent.
Take Care Of Your Back While Travelling
Look for ways to maintain the health of your back and reduce your pain levels as you travel. Some options include:
- Regularly take a hot bath at the hotels where you are staying
- Hire a masseuse to give you a deep tissue massage
- Find a local yoga class to have a good stretch
- Get plenty of exercise
- Use a heated pool, hot towel, or hot tub to relax your muscles
Continue Getting Plenty Of Sleep
Getting a good night’s sleep is important for maintaining the health of inter vertebral discs. It also helps your body deal with inflammation and heal injured tissues. Aim for at least 8 hours of sleep when travelling.
Drink Plenty Of Water
Water is also important for maintaining the health of inter vertebral discs and reducing inflammation. Continue to drink at least 2 litres of water per day to keep your back in great shape while travelling.
See A Chiropractor Before You Leave
Visit our chiropractic clinic in Stoke on Trent to have the condition of your back thoroughly assessed. We will identify and correct any spinal subluxations which may make travel difficult. Our team can also provide additional advice on travelling safely with back pain.
To learn more about travelling with a sore back, give our chiropractic clinic in Stoke on Trent a call on 01782 848 184.
Take your first step towards better health and call us on 01782 848 184 today
From the team at City Chiropractic Clinic
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