Air travel can be a real workout. Seats are often unsupportive and rarely fit you well. On some flights, you may not be able to get up and move around. And usually before the flight, you have to stand around or sit for extended periods of time.
Feeling stiff, sore or achy either during a flight or afterward is common and that can certainly put a huge damper on your trip. But the good news is that there is a simple and easy “fix” that you can use to help prevent or reduce travel related lower back pain and stiffness.
Use A Common Beach Toy To Prevent and Relieve Lower Back Pain And Stiffness
Your joints are built to move; not sit still for long periods of time. But how do you move around if the pilot has the “Do not get up and move around” sign illuminated? For your lower back, the secret is an inflatable beach ball.
- — Put a very small amount of air in the ball (once you’re in flight, the pressure change will increase the pressure in the ball so you don’t need much air).
- — Place the ball in the small of your back.
- — Increase or decrease the amount of air to your comfort level.
- — About every thirty minutes, move the ball either up or down an inch or two.
- — While in flight, periodically move side to side, forward and back for about a minute—kind of a small rocking motion of your trunk on the ball.
- — When you’re done with the flight, deflate the ball and store for later use.
Why This Works
You may have heard using a lumbar support is a good thing for people with back trouble. The small amount of air in the ball supports your lower back and this simple beach ball is one of the best lumbar supports around because it’s adjustable.
Not everyone has the same curve in their lower back. Some have more; some have less. So, a typical lumbar support that is solid and has fixed dimensions may or may not be comfortable to you. With the beach ball, you can add more air if needed or let some out to get a custom lumbar support.
Because the beach ball is filled with air, it allows you to move in your chair which in turn, moves your spine just enough to keep it from getting stiff. President Kennedy used a rocking chair in the Oval Office to help ease his back pain and keep him from getting stiff. It was the subtle movement of the spine induced by the rocking that did the trick. You’re doing the same thing but with a beach ball.
Source: www.azcentral.com; Donna Hull; June 25, 2013.