Are you travelling over the festive season? No matter what your mode of transport, long journeys can take their toll on our backs.
Whether you are sitting for a prolonged period of time in a cramped car, train or plane, there are several things you can do to help your back and body as a whole.
- Avoid lifting/carrying heavy luggage if possible and, if you do have to lift something, make sure never to twist your back. Instead, pivot with your feet, moving your whole body.
Seating position tips
- Bring along a travel pillow and place it between your back and seat to help support the natural curve of your spine.
- Sit with your knees at a right angle to ensure your spine is not twisted.
Pain relief tips
- If your back is aching during a flight, don’t be afraid to ask cabin crew to fill a bag of ice for you. Place the bag between your lower back and the seat for a good 20 minutes to numb the area and release pain.
- Use GRAVITY before and after travelling to allow your body to lie in its neutral position and realign your spine.
- Make sure to stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water can prevent aches and pains.
- Sitting in the same position for a while can place stress on your spine as your muscles stiffen, so ensure you move regularly and stretch out your muscles.