Anyone how is a frequent flier will be quick to tell you that long-haul flights don’t do anything to help aches and pains, but they don’t have to be a complete pain in the back!
Cramped leg room, uncomfortable seating and being confined to a small space are all the aspects of long-haul flights which people dread, even more so when you already suffer from back pain.
All these factors can contribute to lower back pain during and after a flight. Holding any position for an extended period of time is sure to cause aches and pains, and can cause you to strain your muscles. This is only exacerbated when the position you’re in is a constricted space.
Did you know… that according to a survey by Spine Universe, an overwhelming 88% of people report experiencing increased back or neck pain after a flight.
Remember… If you are on a long-haul flight, it’s important to keep moving around to prevent muscles and joints from stiffening up.
How to reduce the risk of back and neck pain before your flight:
- Keep up a regular exercise and stretching regime, particularly in the week before, so your muscles are as relaxed as possible prior to your flight
- Pack lightly so you don’t have the added strain of carrying or lifting your luggage
- Make sure you have ibuprofen or another form of pain medication in your carry on bag, ready to use if your back or neck pain becomes really uncomfortable
How to alleviate back pain during your flight:
- Support your back and neck with small pillows or blanket throughout your flight. Also keep your knees and hips levels, as to reduce the stress on the lower back while you’re seated
- Walk up and down the aisles, and use the spaces at the ends to stretch out your neck, back and legs
- Stay hydrated! Keep drinking water throughout your flight to avoid dehydration, which in turn can cause joint stiffness and can make your journey more uncomfortable