Are you planning a trip for spring break? Whether you are traveling by car, bus, train, or airplane, travel can be very hard on your body. Keeping your spine healthy during long periods of sitting can be difficult; however, there are some ways to take care of yourself and arrive at your final destination pain-free.
Move around – When you are seated in the same position for a long period of time, it can put a lot of strain on your spine. Be sure to take breaks from a seated position by standing up and stretching out. If you are traveling by car, plan stops along the way to take a short walk and let your legs stretch out.
Timing your trip – If you are taking some form of public transportation, try to plan your departure for a time of day or day of week when travel is lighter. If you are able choose a seat without a seatmate, this will allow you to stretch out while still sitting. You will also have more space to get to your belongings stowed under the seat in front of you.
Get support - Bring a back roll or pillow to put behind your lower back to keep your spine properly aligned. This will also prevent sitting in a slouched position alleviating pain and pressure on your lower back.
Ice or heat – Bring gel ice packs that can be chilled or heated. This will help to ease sore or swollen muscles. If you are taking these through airport security, be sure to read the proper procedures for carrying them with you.
Get a massage – Once you have reached your final destination, find some time to pamper yourself with a massage. Not only will it help to ease stress from travel, it could make your return trip more comfortable.
Pack light – Whatever you put in your suitcase will need to be towed through the airport, train station, or bus terminal and then hoisted into an overhead bin. Pack less and give your back a break.