Five ways to avoid back pain while traveling

Avoid back pain while travelingAlthough the holidays come bearing good tidings and cheer, they also are often accompanied by the stress of uncomfortable traveling. The last thing that you want this season is to have to deal with traveling-induced back pain.

Whether flying, driving or taking the train, it is important to understand how you can protect your back while traveling. By taking a few simple precautions, you can stay happy and healthy this holiday season.

Check out these tips to stay comfortable while traveling for the holidays this year.

Check your posture. Remember all of those times your mother told you to sit up straight with your feet on the ground? Well, believe it or not, she was actually teaching you a very valuable lesson in posture, one that could mean the difference between bliss and pain for your back. When traveling make sure that you are sitting upright with your knees at no greater than a 90-degree angle. If you can, try to get up and walk around every two hours.

Stretch it out. Even though you will be confined to a small space while traveling, stretching out your neck and back will offer your stiffening muscles some much needed relief. Every 30 minutes take a moment to stretch out by rolling your shoulders, turning from side to side, and looking from left to right.

Make sure you pack smart. Though not having to wait in the baggage claim line may seem like a good idea before you are trucking your luggage from one end of the airport to the other, carrying around heavy bags will do more damage than good to your back. Make sure that any luggage you have to carry for a prolonged amount of time is a manageable weight, or on wheels.

Wear the right shoes. Traveling is not high fashion, and the runways at the airport are for planes — not heels. Choose shoes that provide good arch support and comfort this season, and your back will thank you.

Just rest. Unless you will be the driver on your holiday adventures, traveling offers an opportunity to catch up on some much needed rest. If your baggage allows, bring along a pillow for extra neck support while you dream away your stress.

Regardless of your holiday plans, back pain should not be a factor in the equation. If you have tried weeks or months of nonsurgical treatments with no relief, contact Laser Spine Institute for an MRI review. You may be a candidate for our minimally invasive outpatient spine procedures.

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