Don’t let back pain ruin your summer: 3 back health travel tips
Summertime usually means a time to relax, enjoy the sun. And maybe you’ll take a break from the stress of day-to-day life and unwind by going on a trip. If you’re living with neck or back pain, the thought of traveling is not so relaxing. Sitting in an uncomfortable seat in a car or airplane for any extended period of time while traveling can aggravate neck or back pain if not done correctly.
You don’t have to miss out on your summer fun just because of back pain. Avoid neck and back pain this summer with these three back health travel tips:
Pack with care. You can take steps to avoid neck and back pain even before you leave the house. Packing for a trip typically involves bending down and hunching over in order to fill a suitcase. The solution? Laser Spine Institute’s Dr. Michael Perry suggests lifting the empty suitcase onto a counter to decrease the strain on your neck and back. Try to pack as light as possible so that you don’t have to lift a heavy suitcase into the car or carry it throughout the airport.
Sit comfortably. Whether in an airplane or a car, sitting for an extended period of time can be uncomfortable. It is important to sit in a way that will support your spine. While on a long road trip, sit all the way back in the seat. Give your back extra support by placing a rolled towel or partially inflated beach ball behind you at belt level. On an airplane, consider using a pillow to support your neck.
Take a break to stretch. If you are embarking on a long road trip this summer, it’s easy to become rushed to arrive to your destination as fast as possible. Don’t compromise your spinal health in the process. About every two hours, pull over to take a break, do some back stretches and walk around to help avoid stiffness. Doing back stretches can be a little more challenging on a plane, but once the fasten seatbelt sign is off, take a minute to stretch and roam around the aisle for a few minutes every hour.
Vacation shouldn’t be a painful experience. Whether you’re traveling by car or plane this summer, keeping these tips in mind can help you have a trip with minimal neck and back pain. If you suffer from common spinal conditions and have been told you might need surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute today to find out if you’re a candidate for our minimally invasive spine procedures. You’ll find that there’s hope that you can Stand Tall℠ again.