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Traveling With Chronic Back Pain

Chronic Back Pain
Written by Nancy

In Canada, chronic low back pain estimates are projected at 4%–25% of the general adult population. Low-back pain is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide.

About one-half of those dealing with chronic pain reported that they were suffering from the condition for over a decade.

If you’re one of these people, traveling can be incredibly challenging. Traveling with excess load, only more so. Additionally, it brings on a lot of anxiety. Packing bags, booking tickets, hauling luggage from one terminal to another can take a toll on your mind and body—especially your back.

Luckily, there are several precautions you can take to make your journey comfortable.

Stay hydrated

The fear of public bathrooms prevents people from drinking water before traveling. Water relieves stiffness and swelling in the muscles. Insufficient consumption of water exacerbates your back ache and causes inflammation in joints. Keep yourself hydrated and carry a water bottle so you can sip water throughout the journey.

Correct sitting posture

Your driving might be the reason behind your back pain. Your posture contributes to your back pain. Your seat should support the curve of your sine. Your hips should touch the back of the seat and the arch of your spine should be well-supported.

PRP Therapy

To lower the chances of back pain, keep your core contracted throughout the trip. This will prevent you from slouching, which stresses your back.

Back support

Don’t be shy if you need an extra pillow or back support to make your journey comfortable.

Sitting in one position for a long time can be stressful for the back. It’s better to carry your personal back support, as trains and airplanes usually don’t provide one. Lumber pillows work the best, but if you don’t have one, use a rolled-up jacket or blanket.

Move Around

Wear comfortable shoes and clothes. People who experience back pain need to keep their feet elevated to prevent the condition from worsening. Wear slip-on shoes so you can remove the shoes easily during the journey. Walk around and stretch often.

Avoid heavy lifting

If you’re already carrying around back pain, avoid lifting heavy luggage. Ask for assistance. If you prefer managing your own belonging, travel light.

When lifting heavy luggage, avoid pivoting your back. Instead, bend your knees and lift the bag, while evenly distributing the weight across your body. If you have a shoulder bag, periodically switch the bag from one shoulder to another.

Lastly, plan ahead and schedule chiropractic or massage therapy before traveling. It’s recommended that you visit a multidisciplinary clinic like Divergent Health Group located in Calgary. They offer comprehensive pain management solutions like chiropractic care, physical therapy, massage treatment, PRP therapy and spinal decompression, all under one roof. Call 4039098111 to make an appointment.

About the author



I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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