We all know by now the negative effects that sitting has on our bodies. Most of us have read or heard about the studies, and now try to make a conscious effort to sit less during the day. But, what about when there’s no choice but to sit all day, such as during a long road trip or a day spent traveling on a plane? Here are 8 tips you can use to stay pain-free during your next road trip or flight:
- Bring a lumbar support roll. These special pillows are designed to keep your lumbar spine supported and will help prevent lower back pain and sciatica. If you can’t use one of these specialty pillows, try rolling up a towel instead.
- During a road trip, take frequent rest stops. Get out and do some dynamic stretches. Walk around to increase the circulation in your legs.
- If you’re limited to your seat on an airplane, try some simple stretches you can perform while sitting. Some airlines will let you upgrade your seat for a small fee so you can sit in an emergency exit row. This means more room for your legs to stretch out.
- Bring an ice pack while on a road trip. You can bring a small travel cooler and keep it close by if pain strikes while on the road.
- Don’t sit on your wallet or cell phone. Any object in your back pocket will cause your spine to be out of alignment while sitting.
- If at all possible during a long road trip, lie down in the back seat for awhile.
- Don’t sit around during layovers. You’ll do enough sitting on the plane. Use that time to walk, browse the airport, or stretch.
- Remember to stay hydrated. Drinking lots of water will help with jet lag and fatigue and as a bonus, you’ll need to frequent the restroom more often on the plane, which means you’ll get more time on your feet.
With more awareness and planning, you can have a fun and relatively pain-free road trip or flight. If you’re concerned about your musculoskeletal condition and have a trip planned soon, call us for a check up. We can show you how not to exacerbate the pain, so you can instead enjoy your vacation or business trip.