How to Fly Comfortably With Back Pain
Sitting on a long flight and carrying around heavy luggage can be torture to someone who suffers from back pain - but it does not need to stop you from seeing the world. Here are some tips to help you arrive at your destination more comfortably.
- Book your flight early enough to have a good seat selection. Always opt for an aisle seat. If you’re able to carry out emergency operations, you could request an emergency exit row, which affords more legroom to spread out.
- Try to book direct flights that will take you to your destination in less time. Alternatively, if sitting for prolonged periods causes pain, you could book connecting flights so you’ll have a chance to stand up and walk around the airport a bit.
- Pack light and pack smart. Instead of using one large, heavy bag, opt for two or three smaller bags that will be easier to lift. Choose luggage with wheels and use a cart at the airport to transport your belongings.
- Pack a small pillow that you can place behind your back or neck to help you sit comfortably. If your feet don’t touch the floor, a foldable footrest can help save your knees.
- Move and stretch during your flight. This is easier when you’re sitting in an aisle seat. Be sure to contract your calf muscles to reduce the chance of blood clots on exceptionally long flights.
- Dress comfortably. Wear light, breathable fabric during your flight. Avoid anything that will feel restrictive and do not keep your wallet in your back pocket. Sitting on a wallet will cause imbalanced posture and pain. Make sure to wear comfortable, supportive shoes.
- Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated should always be a priority.
Follow these tips to make your next flight as comfortable and pain-free as possible. If you’re concerned about your back pain, call us for a pre- or post-vacation check-up.