Travel is Great, But Getting There Can Be a Pain….in the Back.

Did you know that seats in cars, trains, planes, and other vehicles often don’t provide the right type of support for the lower back? The BackShield can be used to provide support for the inward curve of the lower back when you travel.

Most of us love to travel. Travel by car, plane, even train. Travel can be great for the soul and the mind, but often reaching our destination involves putting our bodies in discomfort.

One of the most common travel woes is back pain, no matter the method of travel. Arriving at a beautiful destination with back pain can really take the joy out of a trip.

Here are five quick and easy tips to avoid back pain when traveling.

Sit Smart

Sitting or driving for prolonged periods adds to our lower backs, and poor posture puts even more stress on your spine.

Make sure that your back is aligned against the back of your seat in a sitting position.

Of course, the easiest way to do this and maintain that posture is with the BackShield. Your headrest should be supporting the middle of your head. Keep your shoulders straight and avoid hunching forward.

Bring your own lumbar support

Did you know that seats in cars, trains, planes, and other vehicles often don’t provide the right type of support for the lower back? The BackShield can be used to provide support for the inward curve of the lower back.

This is often particularly important if traveling in coach on a long flight, as many airline seats lack proper lumbar support.

Move as much as possible

The spine is designed to move.

Sitting in one position for extended periods of time stiffens the back muscles, which can put stress on the spine. Get up and stretch and move around frequently-every 20 to 30 minutes if you can.

Movement stimulates blood flow, and blood brings important nutrients and oxygen to the muscles and joints on the back which helps prevent soft tissues in the lower back from stiffening and aching after sitting for a long time.

Lift luggage in stages

Back strain often occurs while lifting a heavy item incorrectly. Hence, when you are lifting:

  • Ensure that you keep your back upright
  • Use your knees as a power source
  • Tighten up your core muscles to balance out your back
  • If you are carrying a shoulder bag, remember to switch sides often to avoid stressing one side of the back

Stay hydrated

Our spinal discs rely on fluid to function.

When there isn’t enough water in the body for the discs to absorb, they shrink. When they shrink, they offer less support to the spine. Less shock absorption means more stress on the spine which can mean swelling, pain, and discomfort.

All of us at BackShield have suffered from many types of back ailments.

Our mission is to build products and spread the word about how to have better back health. Check out BackShield.com and our other blogs for more tips for a better back!