3 Simple Tips for Flying with Back Pain


It’s that time of year! Plenty of people are heading off on their summer vacations – or making plans to do so. One of the many things to consider while planning your trip is the effect that flying can have on your back.

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

substantial 88% of people experience 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 vacation.

1. Schedule your flights carefully

Flying is the trickiest 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 minimize their time in the air by booking direct flights whenever possible, which helps reduce the number of times 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 minimize travel time and be sure to get up plenty of times, or stand at the back for most of the flight while your seatbelt sign is off.

2. 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.

3. Do your best to pack light

Every 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.

If you want more tips to ease back pain, you can download my free report that shows you ways to ease back pain naturally. It has some helpful exercises inside too, which you can use on your

vacation!

Go here and get your copy and take it with you: https://www.actifypt.com/back-pain

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