Millions of people are suffering from back pain. Living with back pain is very hard but you can’t allow backache to prevent you from the joys of traveling. We give you 5 tips for traveling with a bad back, according to an orthopedic surgeon in Singapore.
Some tips can help you cut your back pain while you traveling. The following tips do not apply to all back problems, and we recommend consulting with your doctor before you decide to travel.
Schedule your flights
Flying with back pain can be very difficult, so it is very important to make flying easier and faster. Some people with back pain use nonstop flying strategies. By booking nonstop flights they are minimizing time in the air. On the other hand, some people are more comfortable splitting their flights into multiple shorter legs. By doing that they are creating time to rest from sitting, walking, and stretch around the airport. Try out both strategies and find out what strategies suit best for your body.
Get up and move
Sitting too long in the same position as one of the worst things that can happen to people with back pain. Always request an aisle seat on the plan, this will allow you to stand up, move around the cabin, and ease your pain. Stretching and neck rolls can be useful as well. You can apply the same advice for the train, bus even if you are traveling in your car. Get out of your seat and move you will feel much better.
Try to carry only the necessary things with you, carrying heavy luggage can only intensify the pain in your back. Also, when you arrive at your desired destination, try to go on a tour with as few things as possible in your backpack. The point of this advice is to keep your spine under as little weight as possible. Try to apply this advice every day not just while traveling.
If you have backache accessories such as seat cushions, lumbar pillows, heating pads are must-have for you. These accessories will reduce your pain and make your traveling much comfortable. It is very important to test out your accessories before you travel, you don’t want to go on long travel with an uncomfortable pillow. You can also use a heating wraps or heating gels that can warm your back under clothing. Or if ice works better for you bring a plastic bag that you can fill with ice or used cooling gels.
Manage your stress
It is no secret that emotional stress makes back pain even worse. Plan out your travel, double-checking that you bring everything that you need, bring your favorite book or watch your favorite series on a tablet, and relax. Even if something goes wrong, there is no need for stress just relax and try to enjoy your travel if you relaxed the pain in your back will be much weaker.
Always bring with you medications that help you with back pain. If the pain becomes unbearable it will be great to have your medications with you just in case.