As holiday season approaches your spinal health may not be on your mind but if you are brave enough to go away this year it is advantageous to consider how to look after your back whilst making your preparations to travel to your chosen destination:
Do you still have an old pull along case?
Do you pack leaning over the bed?
Do you leave your pillow at home to save space?
Do you forget your ice pack or cold gel?
Do you sit for the whole journey?
The new style of suitcases with four wheels are best as they glide along without effort, rather than necessitating you to twist and strain your shoulder whilst dragging that heavy weight behind you.
Raising your case, perhaps to dining table level may mean it’s more comfortable to pack as there is far less bending involved, just remember it’s advisable to get someone to help you lift it down afterwards.
I never travel without my neck pillow, I would far rather prioritise a good night’s sleep over multiple clothing choices, sleeping better will make you feel and therefore look much better than any well-crafted outfit ever could. But if you are going camping then an inflatable mattress is also a must.
Be prepared for any eventuality health wise, pack your preferred products in your main case so that whilst you are away you have access to; cold gel, instant ice packs and all manner of emergency medication.
It is also worth having anti-inflammatories/pain killers in your hand luggage in case you become uncomfortable on route, plus if you can buy some cold gel to use on the plane after you’ve checked, in then do not miss the opportunity.
Once on the plane don’t just sit there staring at your phone, yes it is great to recline and get some shut eye but it is also important to move, not just to avoid a DVT but also to reduce the chance of pain creeping up. If you are however travelling by car do take regular stretch breaks every few hours.
Also, the environment on a plane is very dry so why not kill two birds with one stone and drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids so you quite naturally increase your need to get up to walk the length of the cabin to use the facilities.
Regular spinal checks are of benefit to us all and where a concern has previously existed then it is only sensible to keep it in check. It may therefore be wise to visit your Osteopath before you jet off, just to make sure that all is as well back-wise.
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