Over the summer a common question I’ve been asked in clinic is how I can avoid being uncomfortable whilst sitting on a plane.

 

After recently coming back from a long-haul flight myself, it was time to take some of my own advice which I found helped as after being sat in that one position. After 2 hours I started to feel some discomfort in my lower back and thought I’ve got 6 more hours to go.

 

Although I couldn’t do a lot on the plane I took advantage of what I could do which initially was go for a small walk on the plane which helped to avoid sitting in that one position and then instead of sitting straight back down I stood by seat and did some small leg stretches which helped to keep moving and to give me a change of position.  This helped me to be more comfortable through the flight and get prepared for the long walk through the airport and to get my luggage.

 

Here’s some tips if you’re planning on catching a flight

  • Avoid sitting in one position and move around as much as you can
  • If you’re going to go asleep on the plane to help your neck use a pillow or a rolled up jumper or towel around your neck to give your neck support.
  • When putting luggage into the overhead lockers or the car try to avoid lifting with a twist and lift straight with your knees bent.
  • When it comes to getting your luggage from the carousel which when you see your luggage you want to act quick, but try and find somewhere where there is plenty of room, so you can stand close to the carousel and avoid reaching over and bending with your knees when lifting your luggage off, this can help prevent any twists or strains on your lower back.