We are heading into the season where some of us are lucky enough to be flying off on our holidays. But if you are experiencing pain such as back ache this can make the whole process quite a trial and put a dampener on your countdown.

Here are a few tips to help take off the pressure both physically and mentally……

  • Plan ahead as much as possible to help put your mind at ease. If possible get a chiropractic session or massage before you go.
  • Prebook your flight seats to get the best seat choices. If you do not have the luxury of first class comfort you may consider an exit row seat which have more legroom, but beware you need to be able to carry out emergency duties if you opt for these seats.  Always aim for an aisle seat so you won’t have to climb over people, and it’s easier to stand and stretch or take a quick stroll.
  • Think about using a fast track service at the airport so you are not stood in long queues and take advantage of the airports assistance service if you feel you cannot walk to the gate, or struggle with your bags. Again plan ahead for this and book the service in advance.
  • Check in online when you can. And get to the airport at least an extra hour earlier than recommended. On road trips, try to avoid rush hour and heavy holiday travel days so you don’t get stuck in traffic. This will be less stressful and you won’t build us so much tension in already tight muscles. You can always plan a comfort break enroute to the airport too.
  • It’s easy to get swept up in the adventure of travel, but don’t forget the basics. Stay hydrated to help manage your pain. Bring an empty water bottle through security and fill it on the other side. And don’t skip out on sleep. Your body needs time to recharge, so bring along whatever you need to ensure good shut-eye.
  • On a plane, train, or bus, get up every 20-30 minutes and stand or stroll if you can. Let the driver or flight attendant know you’re dealing with pain and will need to stand up regularly. If you’re boxed in by meal carts, do stretches while seated.
  • Airlines, hotels, and cruise ships want to please you. Contact them ahead of time and ask about lift access, accessible bathrooms, and any other concerns you may be having.
  • If you are on medication keep them in your carry-on so you always have access to them. Bring more than you think you’ll need since you never know when you might get stuck. There are lots of herbal remedies on the market to help relax and calm you before and during the journey, speak to your local herbalist or chemist before you travel.

Once you are there relax and enjoy yourself. If you have a pool or access to a beach, swimming is one of the best forms of gentle exercise you can do to help with aches and pains so get your costume on, sunscreen yourself up and soak up the vitamin D!