Reducing SLC Travel Pain: Plane Flight Pain Reduction Tips

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basic chiropractor-focused tips on how to avoid pain during long car rides or similar forms of travel. The process of sitting in any cramped space for a long period of time may introduce pain risks for some people, but the right approaches will help you avoid these entirely.

At Apollo Chiropractic, we’re happy to provide a wide range of chiropractic services in Salt Lake City and nearby areas, including assistance for those who regularly experience pain during any form of travel. While part one of our series focused on car travel, today’s part two will dig into some specific strategies our chiropractors recommend to those traveling on planes.

reducing travel pain plane tips

Checking Bags

Before you even get to your plane itself, anyone with a history of back or other pain during travel should consider checking any bag that weighs more than 10% of their body weight. This is to reduce the extra load you’re carrying, and to provide better support for your spine during takeoff and landing.

Checking a bag is also helpful if you’ll be sitting in a window seat, as it can make it easier to get up and stretch your legs throughout the flight (especially considering the ever-popular recline function of most airplane seats). In addition, don’t overload your carry-on baggage or use bags that will be tough to fit in your area.

Warmup Before Flight

If possible, spend a few minutes before boarding your plane either walking, stretching or some combination thereof. This will introduce more blood flow to your muscles and joints, which can limit the impact of any danger that might come from sitting in a cramped space for several hours.

Lumbar Support Pillows

We recommend bringing a lumbar support pillow onto the plane with you, especially if you’ll be flying on one of those bulkier or wider models. Not only will a lumbar pillow provide better support for your lower back, but it should be much more comfortable than the seat itself.

Vary Position and Stretch Regularly

Throughout your flight, move around as much as possible and consider stretching your back, legs and arms. The more you can reduce the risk of pain or injury, the better!

Avoid Sitting Directly Under Vents

Drafts from air vents on planes may increase the tension in your back and neck, so we recommend avoiding them if at all possible. At minimum, look to direct these vents so they aren’t shooting air directly onto any pain areas you have on your body, particularly if these are in the back or neck.

For more on how to stay pain-free and comfortable throughout a plane flight, or to learn about any of our chiropractic care services in SLC, speak to the staff at Apollo Chiropractic today.