The more time that you spend stuck in the same position, the more pain that you’ll feel. Whether you take a short flight to a nearby city, or you spend hours flying across the country, you likely leave the plane feeling like you need a vacation from your vacation. When you know what to do on your flight, you can feel better and pain-free when you depart.
Support Your Back
The devil didn’t really design the seats used by airlines, but you probably feel that way after a few hours. Those seats all feature the same design, and none of those seats will support your back the way it deserves. When packing your carry on bag, tuck a lumbar support pillow inside. This small pillow will fit the gap between your back and seat and provide the support that you so desperately need.
Take Frequent Breaks
The next time that you find yourself stuck between a crying baby and a gossipy adult, or you just end up sitting between your kids, give yourself the chance to take a few breaks. Instead of spending the whole flight, except for those bathroom breaks, sitting in your seat, stand up and walk up and down the aisle a few times. Taking a short stroll will loosen your tight muscles and improve your circulation.
Travel yoga is one of the hottest trends in the travel and fitness worlds right now, and even if you fly coach, you still have enough room to do a few of those poses. Sit in your seat with your feet flat on the floor and your hands touching in front of you. Exhale as you slowly move your hands out to the side and inhale as you bring your hands back together. Neck rolls are another simple stretch you can do on the plane. Lean your head down with your chin pointing towards your chest. Slowly move your neck to the left, towards your back and to the right before bringing it back to center. Repeat, moving your neck in the opposite direction. Doing a few stretches, taking some breaks and supporting your back can help you fly pain-free.