Make Air Travel More Comfortable With A Beach Ball

Make Air Travel More Comfortable With A Beach Ball
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Thanks to unsupportive seats you have to sit in for hours, flying is often literally a pain. You can reduce your chances of getting a sore, achy back on your next flight by bringing along an inflatable beach ball.

Picture: Klim Levene/Flickr

Physical therapist Doug Kelsey writes on the My Itchy Travel Feet blog that the adjustable beach ball is perfect for 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.

  • 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 30 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.

Bonus: You’ll have something to toss around if you head to a beach or park on your holiday.

Travelers, relieve lower back pain with this simple tip [My Itchy Travel Feet]


  • The one trick to making air travel more comfortable ???


    • Yeah, and drive a BMW so my butt can stay warm, and live in a house that means each kid can have his own bedroom, and go to fancy restaurants for better table service, and while you’re at it, why not get a bigger TV so you don’t have to sit too close it anymore… Thanks for the pro tip.

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