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How to fly with lower back pain

Flying with lower back pain is a nightmare for many people. The pains may worsen during the journey and can ruin a vacation before it even starts. It is overwhelming planning for a journey and having to deal with lower back pain can kill the holiday mood. Below, we’ll share tips on how to survive long journeys without aggravating your back pain.

Move around during your flight

It is advisable to walk about and stretch your legs during your flight, even if it is only a short distance. Sitting for too long stresses the spine and may trigger back pain. A trip to the bathroom and back or a walk along the aisle is just what is needed to release that tension. Consider an aisle seat and stretch every 20-30 minutes.

Proper moving and handling of luggage

Take extra care when carrying or lifting heavy luggage, even pull along bags are unstable and can hurt your back. It is advisable to use trolleys available at every airport. Should you have to lift heavy luggage, pull your belly button towards your spine that way the spine is well supported.

Maintain a good sitting posture

Lower back pains are worsened by sitting in an awkward position for long. A correct sitting posture should support your back and ease the stress on your lower back. Sit upright with your shoulders relaxed and your legs on the floor. You may use a rolled-up towel placed below your back for more support. Avoid slouching as this distorts the spine alignment and may worsen the pains.

Carry an ice pack

Ice massage is an effective treatment on the journey. You may take a ziplock bag with you and ask the flight attendants to fill it up with ice when you need it. Be sure to wrap the bag in a towel to avoid ice burns.

Visit your Chiropractor before travel

A chiropractor will advise you on how to sit, stand and walk keeping your spine in proper alignment throughout your journey. Your trip should be enjoyable without having to worry about your lower back pain. To find out chiropractor prices, book an appointment online.

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