If you’re lucky, you may be flying off to an exotic location for vacation this year! What is not so lucky is spending hours in a cramped seat on an airplane. You don’t want to arrive at your dream destination with back or neck pain! So, here are few tips to keep your spine healthy when you travel!
Before You Leave
If you have a back condition then talk to your chiropractor. They may be able to not only give you tips to keep your pain at a minimum during travel, but they may also be able to write you a letter that can allow for special accommodations on the airline. If you need to, contact the airline ahead of time to let them know if you have a condition that will require something a little extra. If you give them advanced notice then they should be able to provide you with what you need to have a more comfortable flight.
Schedule it Right
You have a lot of options when it comes to scheduling your flight, so try to pick a schedule that will be the least stressful. You probably won’t be able to fly stress-free, but you can certainly keep the stress level at a minimum! If you schedule a flight that is less likely to be crowded then it will allow you room to stretch out and maybe even lay across seats. If you need help with this, contact the airline, because they might be able to provide some information about the least crowded times to fly.
If you can avoid the time between connections and limit layovers, that’s for the best too. Not only will it get you to your destination faster, but it will keep you from cramped spaces at the airport and on the airplane. Also, try not to schedule a flight that requires you to get up really early.
During the Flight
It’s very important to support your back during your flight. Bring a lumbar pillow or even ask the flight attendant for a couple of pillows that you can use. This will help keep you from slouching and keep your spine in line! You can also bring a neck pillow to help support your neck during the flight.
Pay attention to your posture as you’re sitting, too. Everyone knows that unless you can fly on a private jet that there’s just not a lot of room on airplanes, and you have to make the best of it. Keeping your legs at a 90 degree angle will help to keep your lower back from hurting. You might have to prop some things under your knees to help you maintain this – do what you have to do! If you’re tall and need more room to do this, then ask for an exit row seat or a seat by the bulkhead, which have more leg room.
Move around during the flight. Even if you don’t need to use the restroom, walk there anyway. Try to work in some stretches if possible too. Bend over and touch your toes or raise your hands up in the air. Get the blood flowing and keep yourself as limber as you can!
Your chiropractor can give you more tips about how to travel safely for your spine!
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