The good news is that you don’t need to. If your medication soothes your pain, you just need to be aware of a few travel tips that will help to make your journey smoother and relatively pain free.
In this article at several tips on pain-free travel. You may wish to write them down for future use.
• When traveling on buses, planes or trains, always sit by the aisle. It will allow you to stretch your legs and move more easily. Disembarkation or going to the restroom will be easier too, especially on a plane.
• As much as possible, look for the bulkhead seat or the seat close to the emergency exit seat on a plane. There’s more leg room.
• Use rolling luggage bags that have wheels for easy transportation. Avoid backpacks or bags that you need to carry. These will strain your back. If hard sided luggage is your style we advise geeting a great set like the Samsonite Winfield 2 set for its durability.We love the Samsonite Travel Duffel for this because it has sturdy wheels and is very lightweight when compared to hard sided luggage.
• Stowing away your luggage in the overhead compartments is not a good idea because you don’t want to lift the bags over your head. It’s best to check them in. Even your hand carry baggage should just be stowed under your seat. If you want, you could ask one of the flight attendants to assist you.
• Sometimes, air travel can make your back hurt because of the long sitting periods. If that happens, rest your back for a few hours once you reach your hotel room. Do not straightway start sightseeing or engage in strenuous activities.
This time that you take to rest your back will help you. You don’t want to be out of commission for the rest of the trip just because you strained yourself too much on the first day.
• Get a neck pillow for yourself prior to travel. The neck has a direct impact on the how the back feels. Give your neck proper support and your back will thank you for it.
• Avoid alcohol consumption on the flight. They’ll dehydrate you, affect your sleep patterns and exacerbate your back pain.
• Whether you’re driving on a road trip or flying on an airplane or zooming by in a train, always get up once every hour and walk about. Of course, with a car, you’ll need to stop first and get out to stretch a bit. This will aid in blood circulation and make your back feel better.
• Wear proper footwear. Consider if you’ll be walking a lot or doing any activities that may be physical in nature. Prepare accordingly.
• If you’re at a hotel, tip the bellboy to help you with the bags. If you’re shopping and laden with bags, tip the cab driver to assist you with the bags.
These are just a few tips to help you out. Most of it is common sense. Many people are unable to put their ego aside and still try to be capable and ‘endure’ the pain. This is unnecessary and merely aggravates and worsens the condition. Do the needful to make things as easy on your back as possible, and your travel will be pain-free.
Book your flight as early as you can for the best seat choices. If you can afford it or have reward points, upgrading to business or first class may be worth the extra comfort. In coach, exit row seats have more legroom. But you need to be able to carry out emergency duties. Always aim for an aisle seat. You won’t have to climb over people, and it’s easier to stand and stretch or take a quick stroll.
Avoid long lines at check-in and security, and travel during off-peak times. Midweek tends to be less busy. Check in online when you can. And get to the airport at least an extra hour earlier than recommended. On road trips, try to avoid rush hour and heavy holiday travel days so you don’t get stuck in traffic.
Call TSA Cares at 855-787-2227 to learn how to get through security more comfortably and easily. They can even assign a helper at the airport. If you want someone you know to go to your gate with you, ask your airline for a pass that allows the person through security without a ticket. A Transportation Security Administration notification card, which you can get online, or a doctor’s note about your condition can help things go more smoothly.
If you travel often, precheck can save you hassle and pain. You pay $85 for a five-year membership that fast-tracks you through airport security. You won’t have to take off your shoes, belt, or a light jacket. Even your liquids and laptop stay packed. You have to pass a background check and get fingerprinted. So it’s not something you can sign up for on the spot. And not all airports have it, so check the ones you fly out of.
Airlines, hotels, and cruise ships want to please you. Contact them ahead of time and ask about elevator access, bellhops, accessible bathrooms, and more. Be specific about what you need and what might help. If you have the option, go for a hotel that has a heated pool, hot tub, or sauna to ease your pain after a long day.
Back pain is not usually caused by anything serious and will usually get better over time.
There are things you can do to help relieve it, such as exercises, anti-inflammatory painkillers or hot or cold compression packs for short-term relief.
Before we start talking about travelling with back pain, let me first tell you I am a traveller (obviously,) a back pain sufferer AND a general practitioner doctor in the UK.
But I also need to stress that I am not YOUR doctor. Therefore if there is anything unusual about your back pain, you should consult your own doctor before travelling.
But today, we are talking travelling with lower back pain of non-serious origin. What I mean by that is anyone who gets aches and pains, stiffness and maybe even occasional sciatica pains in their legs.
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If your symptoms are more severe or unusual than that then it’s time to see your general practitioner. I’ll be talking about red flag symptoms in a bit…
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