The summer season is well and truly upon us and many of us will be heading off overseas to take a much needed break. Our chiropractors at Motionback Chiropractic in Central London want to make sure that everyone has a great time and avoid unnecessary back problems tat can occur when flying.
Whilst taking a break is a great thing, the downside is that many of the things we do are not part of what we would normal do on a day to day basis. Something like picking up a suitcase the wrong way can lead to back pain. Following some simple steps can help avoid unnecessary injuries that can ruin a holiday.
Keeping your back safe when flying starts well before getting on the plane. Our chiropractors recommend you start by choosing lightweight luggage that has wheels. However, make sure that the case can be pushed instead of having to pull it.
Make sure you can identify your bag easily by tying colour ribbon or some such thing to it. This will avoid you having to lift luggage unnecessarily on carousels.
Pack as light as you can – it’s tempting to pack the fifth pair of shoes bit will you really wear them!
There’s always a lot to do before heading off. Make sure you get a good night’s rest before traveling as tiredness often leads to accidents.
At the airport
Avoid using a trolley to carry your luggage, especially of your case has wheels, as they frequently have wonky wheels which can harm yoru back as you struggle to keep the trolley goign in the right direction.
After your flight get your joints moving by walking and not taking travelators.
On the flight
Keep well hydrated by drinking plenty of water – ans no alcohol doesn’t count!
Do some regular exercises to avoid stiffness. Shoulder shrugs, buttock clenches and foot circles are all great ones that you can do in your seat.
If you can get up and have a walk around.
Have a back safe and enjoyable holiday.