The holiday season is upon us, and for many that means traveling near and far to celebrate with family and friends. For those of us with neck and back pain, travel = aggravating flare-ups. The Center for Spine Care team has come up with the following tips to help keep your season merry and bright:
- If you’ve been neglecting your home exercise/stretching program, get back to it!
- Contact the airline/airport in advance to arrange for assistance if required.
- Ship holiday gifts/heavy packages ahead of time.
- Always use luggage with wheels. Check as much as possible upon arrival at the airport.
- Limit yourself to one small carry-on with necessities, and avoid using the over-head bin.
- Pack pain relief aids like medications, Tens units, heating pads, & plastic bags (to make ice packs).
- When driving, stop every two hours or as needed to stretch and walk around a bit.
- At the airport prior to departure, refrain from sitting for too long (you’ll do that on the plane!).
- On the plane, try to get an aisle seat so you can stretch out a bit, and get up when possible.
IN YOUR SEAT
- Stay hydrated! Make sure you are drinking plenty of water throughout your journey.
- Stay comfortable – use travel pillows or even a rolled-up towel/blanket for proper support.
- If pain or soreness sets in, use disposable hot/cold packs for relief.
AT YOUR DESTINATION
- When you arrive at destination, take a warm shower to loosen up tense muscles.
- Make sure you have appropriate pillows/support for sleep.
- Don’t forget to keep up your home exercise program!
The Center for Spine Care team has been involved in the development of true minimally-invasive spine treatments for more than 20 years! We offer customized treatment plans to address a patient’s unique and specific source of back or neck pain, from conservative treatments to minimally invasive options. If you have neck or back pain, contact us to schedule a visit. We look forward to seeing you.