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How to Avoid Back Pain When Traveling

Traveling can be one of the most exciting and rewarding activities life has to offer. But if you're feeling lower back pain, it can put a damper on your plans. Making sure you enjoy your vacation means making sure you arrive in good shape. Here are some tips to avoid causing yourself back pain when heading for a destination.

1: Don't let a feeling of being rushed cause you to hurt yourself. Take time to lift your bags carefully when boarding and deplaning. Break the motion into steps: first lift your bag into the seat, and then to the overhead bin. When deplaning, reverse the procedure. This is especially important now that airline fees encourage us to pack more and more into our carry-ons.

2: When carrying shoulder or duffle bags, switch sides frequently. This keeps one shoulder from bearing all the weight all the time. Too much time carrying an unbalanced load can cause muscle strain leading to back pain.

3: Bring a travel pillow, or roll up a jacket or blanket to place behind your lower back. This keeps your spine from curving unnaturally in cramped, uncomfortable airline seats, which is a recipe for strained, painful back muscles.

4: Make sure both your feet are resting on a firm surface whenever you're sitting. This too helps avoid unnecessarily stressing your lower back muscles with uneven loads.

5: Move as much as possible. Sitting for extended periods can cause stiffness, tension, and ultimately pain. Stand up and stretch your legs and hips every 20 to 30 minutes if possible. Even a few seconds at a time will help. Your back will thank you for it.

Even when you do everything right on a trip, sometimes you may come home with back pain. The solution is to make an appointment with Modoma for a massage to help you relieve the tension that is causing the pain. A bonus is that it may help extend the feeling of relaxation that you brought home with you from vacation.

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