Flying With Back Pain

3 Simple Tips For Flying With Back Pain

If you’re heading on holiday anytime soon – or making plans to do so – one of the things to consider is the effect that flying can have on your back.

Let me explain:

Cramped legroom, uncomfortable seating and being confined to a small space all contribute to lower back pain during and after a flight.

And when a substantial 88% of people experience increased back pain following a flight, I wanted to share 3 simple tips that will help support your back and make traveling a lot more comfortable when jetting off on your holidays…

First off, if you’re going on a long-haul flight – schedule your flights carefully.

Flying is the most tricky part of traveling for many people with back pain; being shoehorned into a cramped seat for hours on end can leave you feeling crippled.

Some people like to minimise their time in the air by booking direct flights whenever possible, which also helps reduce the number of time you have to heave your carry- on into the overhead bin too!

So, if you’re on a long-haul flight, and you’re spending 5+ hours in the air, try to find a direct flight to minimise travel time and be sure to get up plenty of times, or stand at the back for most of it when your seatbelt sign is off.

This next tip might seem self-explanatory, but when we’re sat on a flight – how often do we get up and move?

Unless you sleep well on planes and plan to nod off for the entire flight, you’ll probably want to request an aisle seat for your journey. This will allow you to easily stand up frequently and move around the cabin without disturbing your seatmates.

Plus, sitting too long in the same position causes tightness and pain.

You can do some simple stretches in the back of the plane, and if you’re unable to get up, you can do some stretches in your seat such as neck rolls or raising your hands high above your head for a good stretch.

Next, are you taking a carry on case? If so, do your best to pack light.

Every extra item you squeeze into your case is one more thing you’ll have to hoist up into the overhead bin or drag through the airport.

Make it easier on yourself by packing less and checking-in any bags you know you won’t be able to lift easily over your head.

This same advice applies for when you reach your destination too – when you’re out exploring, take a small backpack that distributes weight evenly rather than using a shoulder bag that places unnecessary pressure on one side of your body.

If you must carry a single shoulder bag, switch it regularly from one side to the other throughout the day to make it easier on your body.

For more information and tips about natural ways to live with less back pain – here is a free back pain report…..

For more tips like this to help you or a loved one ease low back pain, here’s a free guide to help you keep active with less back pain……

Connect with us on via telephone or email us to tell us what’s going on with your back.  A member of the team can take your details and we can email or post a copy. Here’s our contact form. https://applephysio.com/contact/

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About the Author: Leslie Abrahams


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Leslie is a Physio, Pilates Educator and Rehab Specialist who has a special interest in Spinal Treatments, lower limb injuries, and has vast experience dealing with patients post injury or surgery. Every week, for over 20 years, 100’s of people aged 30-64+ have consulted Leslie and his team looking for answers to concerning questions about, and for, a fast end to their health worries and physical pains and stiffness.

 Leslie is a Master Trainer for the world renowned Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute(APPI). He is regular key note speaker at conferences and travels internationally to present on modified exercise for rehabilitation. Leslie is the Director of Apple Physio Clinics situated in Bracknell and Windsor. Berkshire’s Specialist Private Physiotherapy Practice for People in their 30’s. 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, who want to keep healthy and active.

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