My top tips to protect your spine and avoid back pain on holiday.
Back pain on holiday can be a real problem but there are some simple things you can do to lower the risk of injury.
Choose the right suitcase
Choose a lightweight suitcase and ideally something with wheels and a long enough handle to decrease the pressure on the low back.
Get to bed early the night before travel
Travelling when you’re tired increases your chance of injury so make sure you get a good night’s rest the day before travel.
With most travel, be it by car or plane, most of your time is spent sitting. Counteract this by making sure that you get up regularly and keep the joints moving throughout the spine. Movement will also encourage better blood flow around the body and to the spinal discs.
Lifting your case is something you will do quite a few times during your holiday. Make sure that you keep your back straight and you keep the weight close to you. When putting items in the boot make sure you lift them to the edge of the boot first, rather than overextending forward in one movement. Once the suitcase is perched on the edge, you can then reposition your body to slide it back.
- Good sun lounger posture
Sunbeds are not designed ergonomically therefore you need to be aware that they may place pressure on your back and neck. It is actually better to have the sunbed completely flat in many cases, although you should try to avoid reading whilst lying on your front and propping yourself up on your elbows. Most importantly, try not to arch your back and neck for long periods on a sun lounger.
- Try and exercise
Holidays are a time to relax but keeping the joints moving is very important. Swimming and walking are fantastic low impact exercises that you can do while you’re away.
Above all do not worry unnecessarily. Take all the advice on board and enjoy your holiday.
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Yours in health,
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