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]