With the summer season approaching, many of us will be traveling, and that could mean booking a flight on an airplane. Anytime you are sitting in one spot for an extended period of time, your muscles lie dormant and tend to squeeze and tighten up. For those who suffer from spine pain, riding on an airplane can be a worrisome thought. How do you know whether or not the pain will creep up and be bothersome? Are there ways to find relief when confined to such a small space?
Firstly, if you can pick your seat ahead of time, take advantage of this. Our Miami spine specialists cannot stress enough the importance of planning ahead. If you can, try to find an aisle seat, which offers more elbow room and additional space for you to keep your legs outstretched. This prevents your muscles from getting too stiff, which can also help lessen the pain.
Pack a blanket or pillow.
Bring a pillow, a blanket, or any other comforts of home (within reason, of course). While some airlines offer state of the art, plush seating, the truth is that the seats aren’t terribly comfortable as a whole. Use the pillow to lean against, to relieve the pressure on your spine.
Move around every so often.
Those moments when the pilot announces that it is safe to unbuckle your safety belts, you can also move about the cabin. Take advantage of this. As we stated earlier, the muscles grow stiff and allow pain to manifest when you have been sitting or otherwise have been lying still in the same position for a long period of time.
Bring a book, magazine, tablet, a crossword puzzle, a portable DVD player—whatever you find will keep you amused over the long stretch. Chances are that if you distract your mind with other things, you may not be able to concentrate on the pain.
As always, you can speak with our Miami spine specialists at Alexander Bone and Spine Institute if you have any additional questions about how best to alleviate back pain. We can also sit down with you to discuss a course of treatment that may offer a more permanent solution to relieving the pain.
Contact us today to book your appointment!