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How to Fly Free From Back Pain

By Sara Butler

The thought of sitting in a tiny, restrictive airplane seat isn't really appealing to most people, but it's even less appealing if you suffer from back pain. Sometimes you simply can't avoid a flight to get you where you're going. The good news is that the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic have come up with these tips to help you fly pain-free.

Move Around, A Lot

When you sit in the same position for a long period of time, you're practically begging for back pain to strike. That's because sitting in one position puts a lot of stress and strain on your lower back. To help reduce this stress, you should aim to get up, move around, and stretch a little about once every hour, if not more frequently.

It may be a good idea to let the flight crew know when you board that you suffer from back pain and will need to get up regularly to move around so you don't make your back pain worse. If you can choose a seat in the back of the plane to help reduce disruptions to other passengers, that's not a bad idea either.

Schedule Your Flight Right

If you can schedule a flight during a time of day when the plane is less likely to be full, then it'll be easier to stretch out and move around as needed over the course of the flight. Plus, it's always a perk not to have someone sitting right next to you during a long flight so you can change positions frequently.

Usually, early morning flights and flights in the early afternoon are less likely to be full.

Give Your Spine Support

If you can bring a small pillow to put behind your lower back in the seat it can help you to minimize slouching as you sit in that uncomfortable airplane seat. If you're vertically challenged and short in stature, then it's not a bad idea to bring something to place at your feet to keep your feet supported. If the flight is especially long, it might be worth it to splurge and go first class or business class.

Bring the Heat (or Cold)

When first sitting in your seat, proactively applying a cold or hot pack to your lower back to help reduce muscle tension and stiffness isn't a bad idea. Airport security can be kind of picky these days, so think of bringing a plastic bag to fill with ice once you're through security or over-the-counter heating packs or wraps that come packaged.

Flying is exciting -- after all, you're getting ready to go on an adventure! But it's also something that can take a toll on your body. That's why you need help from the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic to ensure your body is in the best shape possible and free from joint dysfunctions and restrictions so you can remain free from pain.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Austin, Tex.

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