The thought of sitting in a car or plane for an extended period of time can make vacationing difficult to enjoy for individuals with acute or chronic back pain. With a little planning and a few precautions, however, it’s possible to plan a trip that’s both smooth and enjoyable. These tips will help you take care of yourself and plan ahead for a relaxing vacation.
Tip #1: Check With Your Doctor
Before making traveling arrangements, talk with your doctor about your trip. Ask their opinion about possible activities, your physical condition and any limitations.
Tip #2: Transportation
Verify with your form of transportation such as airlines, cruises, trains and buses that they will have necessary accommodations for you.
Use a suitcase with rollers to make transportation easier.
Tip #3: Comfort
Make a packing list for necessities that help you feel comfortable. Don’t forget any medications you may need as well.
Some ideas include:
Tip #4: Plan
Prioritize your sightseeing. Rank the places you would like to see by importance to you. Don’t forget to allow extra time for travel in your plans.
Tip #5: Stretch
Stretch often to lessen your chances of becoming stiff, which can trigger a pain flare-up. If your mode of transportation is long, make sure to take occasional breaks and stretch your legs.
Tip #6: Dress
Dress comfortably. Wear supportive footwear, wear loose, comfortable clothes and dress for the weather. Bring along any braces or supportive devices just in case.
Tip #7: Rest
Know your limitations and be open with others about it in your party. Take breaks as needed and agree that you will stay behind to rest, if need be.
Sitting all day? Be sure to get up and occasionally stretch.
Source: www.apmhealth.com; March 14, 2013.