How to Avoid Back Pain While Traveling
Traveling with back pain is never fun. Whether you’re on an airplane for a few hours or in a car for even longer, traveling can seem like torture to you if back pain is the norm. If you travel often for business or pleasure, you owe it to yourself to start focusing on your back and prioritizing spine care. Not only will it make your travels much easier, but you’ll feel better in other situations as well. Here are some simple tips on how to avoid creating back pain or making it worse while traveling.
Be Conscious of What You Pack
Packing lightly will save your back tremendously. Think about how often you have to lift heavy luggage throughout a trip. You have to put it in your car at your house, then lug it through the airport, then into another vehicle before finally arriving at your hotel. Lifting and carrying heavy luggage puts a strain on the back and could lead to an injury. You can’t avoid bringing luggage, but you can put a limit on the number of items you bring. Also when carrying any luggage make sure you alternate sides frequently. Carrying a load on one side can increase or initiate back pain.
Get Up And Move When You Can
Movement is one of the best medications for back pain. Any pain management physician will tell you to get up and do lower back stretches or simply walk around for a couple of minutes when possible. Selecting an aisle seat on an airplane makes this easier, so consider that aspect when booking your flight.
Be Selective With Your Hotel
You may be used to sleeping on a soft bed at home designed to keep your spine aligned. That’s not going to be the case at most hotels you stay at. If you always come back from traveling with back pain, it could be because of the bed you’re sleeping on. The amenities and accommodations the hotel has should be factors in the one you select so you can focus on your spine care even when you are away from home.
Keep Your Stress Levels in Check
Traveling for business can be stressful since you probably have a tight schedule in an unfamiliar place. Stress makes some of your muscles tense, so sometimes doing quick lower back stretches can loosen them up. Make some time for yourself on your trip to unwind and participate in activities that relax your body and mind. You may be surprised at how good your body feels the next day, and even after a long trip.
DBC Active Spine Care® focuses on fixing back problems at the root of the issue so you won’t have recurring issues. Our spine adaptive functional restoration program is designed to strengthen and increase the endurance in your back muscles and the surrounding muscles to better support your spine. Having great spine health can make your entire outlook on life better, so contact us today to see how we can help.