What should be a relaxing time people have been looking forward to can often be spoilt by back pain. A combination of travelling, sleeping in a different bed and deviation from your normal routine can all contribute to this.
Here are some handy tips to try and reduce the risks of back pain during your hols.
Try to keep your suitcase as light as possible and have one that has wheels. Push, don’t pull. Pulling a wheeled suitcase behind you can cause the back to twist, so if possible push the suitcase in front of you.
Take regular breaks
If you have a long drive to the airport / holiday destination allow plenty of time and take breaks to stretch your legs (and arms!)
Dehydration can exacerbate muscle pains/cramps, this is especially important if flying is a pressurised cabin can make you dehydrated.
Careful at the Carousel
Be especially careful when lifting your suitcase off the Carousel. Your risk of injury is increased as you have just had a flight sat down with a limited amount of room. When lifting the suitcase off try to get as close as possible and pull it towards your body. Avoid twisting and lifting whilst bent forward.
Many people like to lounge around whilst on holiday but try not to stay in the same position for long periods of time.
If you are feeling stiff a chiropractic check up before you leave can help ease any tight joints and can be an ideal preventative measure to ensure your holiday is as relaxing as possible.