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Avoiding the aches and pains of travelling

If like me you are ferrying children about during the summer for activities or on holiday, you will know how painful it can be travelling by trains, planes and cars. Here are some tips to help you survive to avoid the aches and pains of travelling.


Travelling with baggage

All too often patients turn up after a holiday having hurt themselves moving heavy baggage. To avoid any injuriesPrepared for your holiday?

  • Use wheeled suitcases – ideally 4 wheels that can be pushed in front of you
    • Try not to drag a suitcase along behind you, they tend to get caught on obstacles causing you to bend and twist awkwardly and possibly straining your back.
    • Make the most of airport trolleys to push those heavy cases, especially if you have more than one to move.
  • Use a backpack for carrying any items you will need during your journey.
    • Ideally one with a waist strap to help spread the load.
  • Let the children carry their own bag with a few items to keep them entertained.

Dress appropriately

  • You may need to walk long distances to get to the platform or airport gate, comfortable supportive shoes are a must, & will be useful if you are off walking once you have reached your destination. (They are also bulky to pack).
  • Loose clothing will make it easier to fidget and move around when you are stuck in your seat for a long period.

Get Moving

Long haul journeys or traffic jams that lead to hours stuck in the car can be the undoing of many backs. The more you can get up and move around the better. Sitting for long periods can put your back under immense amounts of stress

  • Try some of these neck exercises and back exercises to help get you moving.
  • If possible try and get out of your seat and move around every hour or so
  • Try not to twist and turn into a strange position (ie reaching around to comfort a child in the back of the car unless absolutely necessary), from personal experience I can promise you this can end very painfully.
  • Use a small cushion to change the pressure under your bottom or behind your back.
  • Fidget, wiggle and stretch as much as you can (although beware of the glares from your fellow passengers).

Drink plenty of water

  • If you have dry lips, eyes or mouth you are already dehydrated.
  • Try to drink a glass of water every hour. Accept every offer whilst you are on the plane.
  • Carry a water bottle with you and make sure you refill it regularly.
  • You should be able to pass water every couple of hours and your urine should be the colour of straw. Any less frequently or any darker and you are dehydrated.

Have an MOT before you go.

You wouldn’t take your car on a long journey without first checking the tyres, water etc, so why not visit your osteopath for an MOT before your subject your body to the stresses and strains of travelling. After all #osteopathyworks, book an appointment now.