An Osteopath’s Travel Essentials

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Travelling, especially long haul can put a great strain upon the body. One of our osteopaths, Juliet has put together a series of great tips for easing those aches and pains associated with travel.

  • Firstly, before you set off, plan ahead! On planes, consider booking aisle seats for ease of getting in and out, and minimise transit times so you aren’t sitting in airports for hours.

  • Organise medication, patches, cool packs, pain relieving creams; whatever helps you; in advance. Enough to get you through if in need.

  • Upgrades on seats can be sensible if you are already in pain or know travel can start it. The expense may have its benefits if it enables you to enjoy your holiday more.

  • Download favourite relaxing films, podcasts, music; whatever helps you to feel good or be distracted, and the body to relax.

  • Consider investing in back and neck supports, or good towels that can be rolled up.

  • Take your bed pillows with you if they’ll prevent neck pain from a week on a different set.

  • Pack carefully to avoid loads of unnecessary items and extra weight in bags.

  • Ideally, avoid peak congestion times for a quicker journey, and plan enough time to allow breaks at least every few hours.

During Travel

  • Wear comfortable clothing, support the body well with props and recline passenger seats if that makes a more cosy space.

  • Aim to monitor physical tensions when driver in a car; relaxing a little when at the wheel can avoid complications of headaches and grumbling neck and shoulder pain.

  • Try to stop every couple of hours; work out your limit before pain creeps in and keep within your safe zone. It is so easy to carry on and on, just to get to the destination more quickly…

  • Get out/up and move! Walk, dance, stretch; whatever makes you feel more comfortable! Loosen of those tight muscles and joints. And if it feels too public, head into the loos!

  • Though it may not win you friends in neighbouring seats, fidgeting and stretching the body when sat can also make a lot of difference.

On Arrival

  • Try to plan in time for a walk, swim or equivalent. Have a warm shower/bath and unwind at your destination; sloth off the journey’s tensions and ‘reset’.

  • Find a local therapist who can give massage, osteopathy, physiotherapy, acupuncture or other body therapy. Sometimes you need additional input.

  • Pain management can be very specific to oneself; get to know what works for you and use it!

  • Enjoy the destination; sometimes it’s not all about the journey!

 Unless you are someone who loathes holidays, travelling back often feels a lot worse that heading off. Remember to be considerate to yourself in the same way and bring those good memories to mind! The release of endorphins give a more relaxed body!

Oh, and lastly, have a great holiday!!