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Chiropractic Tips for Easier Air Travel

By Lana Bandoim

From complaining about uncomfortable plane seats to fighting over the armrest, flying can be stressful. However, there are tips you can follow to reduce the stress of air travel on the body. Chiropractors recommend the following ideas to make the next flight easier.

Check Heavy Bags

It may be tempting to stuff a heavy bag into the overhead compartment on the plane instead of checking it. However, can you safely lift it without hurting the back or neck? Saving a little money is not worth the aches and pains that appear after a back or neck injury.

Pack Light

The problem with checking heavy bags can be eliminated by packing light. Avoid trying to stuff everything into one giant, oversized suitcase. Instead, pack several smaller suitcases, so they will be easier to carry. Make sure the suitcases have comfortable handles and wheels. You do not want to drag them without wheels and hurt the back or arms. Remember ,it may still be necessary to lift a suitcase with wheels to go up the stairs or over another obstacle.

Remember Circulation

When you are stuck in a plane seat for hours, it is easy to forget the importance of circulation. Try to move around in the seat without annoying the people around you. Also, try to get up and walk a little once the plane is safely in the air. This will improve the circulation in the body and reduce the risk of blood clots.

Focus on Back Support

Complaints about small and uncomfortable airplane seats outnumber the complaints about bland food. Sometimes it is easier to get over a wilted salad than a seat that hurts the back. If you are struggling to find a comfortable position while sitting, ask for a pillow and use it as back support. When pillows are not available, consider rolling up a blanket or sweater to provide support. In addition, try a neck pillow to reduce strain and pain.

Keep the Feet on the Floor

To reduce lower back pain, keep the feet on the floor of the plane. If the seat is too high for this to be possible, try to find a footrest. Since most planes do not have natural footrests, consider turning a bag or something else into one.

If flying leads to pain, consider visiting The Joint Chiropractic for help. The licensed and caring chiropractors provide spinal adjustments and other treatment that reduce pain. Appointments are not required at The Joint, and walk-ins are always welcome.

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

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