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Help Your Back Survive the Flight

By Virginia Laird

Many choose flying to the summer destination of choice in order to avoid the long car ride. Although the trip may take less time to arrive, it can still have a devastating effect on the back. Have you ever sat on an airplane? The seats are certainly not the most comfortable, legroom is limited and they offer little back support. However, there are a few things that can be done to help keep back pain to a minimum during your air travel.

Wear Comfy Shoes

Wearing comfortable shoes may not sound like something that affects the back, but the shoes you wear have a great impact. Making certain to have good foot support helps to keep stress and strain off the spine. It is important to wear shoes that do not alter your natural stance or stride. High heels are some of the worst shoes a lady can choose when dealing with back pain. Another shoe many choose is a backless shoe (flip-flops, slides, etc.). Chiropractors recommend shoes that offer support to the arch and the back. This can be difficult to find among backless shoes. Let’s face it, airports are large and inevitably, you may be walking a great distance to get to your gate. Wearing shoes that are both supportive and comfortable can make all the difference.  

Bring Back Support

There are a plethora of lumbar support devices and pillows on the market. When traveling it is a good idea to invest in one. Chiropractors recommend lumbar support pillows to accompany long trips and commutes. These not only offer more support than the seat provides, they also help support a healthy posture. Because posture can affect the health of your spine, it is imperative to choose back supports that may help you improve your posture.

Pack as Light as Possible

Keeping bags that need to be carried and lifted light is another important part of travel. There is nothing worse than trying to get through a crowded airport with heavy bags and a backache. If you haven’t already, invest in a rolling suitcase. This can help ease the stress on your back. However, nothing can replace the benefit of packing light. Research suggests and chiropractors recommend packing smaller bags for the journey. Smaller bags keep the load lighter, allowing less strain on the back when trying to get those bags from one destination to another.  

Good luck on your next trip. Happy travels!

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