As the holiday season approaches, for some CT-ers it will be a while before your next visit.
Here are a number of easy pain relief tactics you can use during travelling to help you have a pleasant trip:
Ice is key. There are many ways to make sure you have access to ice/cold to numb the lower back when travelling. The simplest is to bring extra Ziploc bags and whenever you need to, ask a flight attendant to fill it with ice for you. Place it between your lower back and the seat. Leave it on for 20 minutes to numb the lower back and repeat as needed. You can also use cold packs that are manually activated. You can also bring a small gel ice pack on the airplane. Ask flight attendants to keep them in the fridge for you.
Heat helps too. There are disposable, portable hot packs that heat up after you open them, so you can bring them on your travels and open and apply them as needed. Such types of heat wraps last for several hours, making them ideal to provide back comfort during lengthy travel. If you want to bring gel heating packs, first check with your airline to see if they’re allowed past security.
OTC pain patch. Consider using a non-prescription pain patch, (such as Salonpas & Tiger Balm). It may reduce your need for pain medications. Of course, check with your doctor before using these patches.
Drink Plenty of Water. Water circulates healing nutrients and oxygen throughout the body. Drink water frequently to help keep your pain at bay and to keep your body hydrated.
Wear slip-on shoes. Wear high quality, comfortable supportive shoes if you will be walking distances through airports, train stations, etc. Slip-on shoes are easy to slip on and off without having to bend over when going through security.
Wishing all CT-ers safe and happy travels! Looking forward to sharing all your stories when we see you next time