Getting Help With My Back

9 Tips for Preventing Back Pain While Traveling

by Renee Ruiz

If you are like most people, the arrival of summer means time to plan a trip and use some of those vacation hours you have been saving. Unfortunately, traveling can be a strain on your back and get in the way of your enjoyment. There are things you can do to ease the strain of travel on your back so that you are ready to have fun when you reach your destination. 

  1. Use cushions. Whether traveling by car, plane, or bus, take along an extra cushion that you can place behind your back to support your lower back. You can even use a rolled up towel for support.
  2. Pack luggage lightly. Instead of trying to cram as many things as possible in one large suitcase, use two or three instead. 
  3. Ship your luggage. If possible, ship your luggage to your destination ahead of your trip. By doing this, you not only ensure your luggage is already there, but you do not have to worry about toting it there. 
  4. Take an ice pack. If you are traveling by car, take along a cooler with an ice pack in it. If you start to experience any back pain, apply the ice pack for 10 minutes every hour to help stop the pain before it gets worse. 
  5. Buy a heating pad. Heat therapy is just as effective in stopping back pain as ice therapy. Obtain a heating pad with a car adapter that you can use on the road. Use it for 15 to 20 minutes
  6. Ask for an aisle seat. If you are seated on the aisle, it gives you the room that you need to get up and down without placing too much strain on your back.
  7. Practice good posture. While traveling, it is important that you sit upright and keep both feet on the floor. This position offers the most support for your back.
  8. Stretch when you can. Before and after travel, it is important that you take time to stretch. Stretching helps to remove tension and tension from your back. If you are driving, periodically stop at rest stops to stretch.
  9. Stay hydrated. Good circulation is important to keeping back pain at bay. Blood helps to transport healing nutrients throughout your body. To help maintain a good blood flow, drink water as you travel. 

If you already suffer from back pain, talk to a back pain specialist like Hand & Orthopedic Rehabilitation Specialists before traveling to learn other things you can do to stay comfortable during your vacation.