Your spine is not a big fan of travel and this can be exponentially increased during the travel season known as the “holiday traveling season.” Many times this can include hours in cars, planes, or even trains in a seated position. Ouch!! As you can imagine, finding a way to travel so that your spine is pain free would definitely be of interest to those with travel plans and back pain.
Our backs and spines can be finicky little creatures. The human body loves to be upright and in-line, so when we are forced to travel in seated positions for long periods of time our bodies have a way of letting us know. Unfortunately, this subtle notification is in the form of pain and usually it’s in the form of a hurting back. Many times this is caused by an impinged nerve or a compressed disk. This type of travel pain is a form of radiculopathy. This is a term used to describe back pain associated with a spinal nerve root that is compressed causing symptoms such as:
Of course these symptoms can be accompanied by pain. It’s when the nerves exit the spinal cord and become impinged by a bulging or herniated disc (the shock absorbers between your vertebrae) that travel associated pain occurs.
Whether you are flying across the country or driving to Grandma’s house for hours, being in a seated position can induce travel related back pain. Finding ways to relieve or even avoid back or spinal pain can lead to an easier excursion during the holidays. Rest assured we have some tips and tricks to help you. You can try:
We all need to travel at one time or another in our lives, but back pain can seriously hamper any travel plans. Overcoming this pain just needs a little forethought and planning in order to make any trip a pleasurable one.
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Kevin Cleary has been a Health Products For You contributor for many years and has a degree in marketing. His health and wellness journey has a very personal meaning and has guided him in his content writing for HPFY.
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