Protect Your Spine and Neck
During Long Air Travels
Long distance travel = bother
I always hated traveling long distances for long periods of time. I don’t like not being able to move for hours because I am not allowed to, and I don’t like anything that restrict me from doing so. Travelling by air or bus are literally a pain in the neck because you are seated for an hour or more with minimal chance of stretching your limbs and body.
My worst travel experience was when I traveled to Philippines from Australia. It was a grueling four hour trip to Singapore then another 4 hour trip to Manila, though 4 hours may or may not be an exaggeration because I lost count past the first hour.
The number 1 enemy of travelers
In a study of ergonomics done by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, one of the most common cause of musculoskeletal disorders, like neck and back pains, is being seated in an awkward position for prolonged periods of time. This includes being seated in a cramped airplane seat for more than 3 hours. You can also get back or neck pain from bus rides because they share similar seating features to airplanes. When you end up travelling a lot for more than 4 hours, you eventually end up visiting any chiropractor in Sydney.
Travel in total comfort
You can travel for prolonged periods of time without being exposed to the dangers of musculoskeletal issues such as neck and back pain. You can do this by:
- Stretching — You may not be able to walk around on the plane or bus, but you can stand up and stretch. One of the stretching exercises that I am going to recommend can be done in a seated or standing position. Simply raise your hands over your head and press your palms together for 5 seconds. This allows you spine to extend, or backwards bending, and it also allows you to stretch you abdominal muscles.
- Purchasing lumbar cushions — I highly recommend getting lumbar cushions for air travels. I also recommend getting memory cushions. These cushions take up little space in your hand-carried luggage. The cushion will be able to alleviate the stress on the lower back region while aligning the spine properly. These cushions come in different sizes and shapes, and the best cushions are also brand specific. You can ask recommendations from your local osteopathy or chiropractic clinic.
Travelling doesn’t need to be a pain in the neck or back, literally. You can do any of these simple tips if you want to travel in complete comfort.