Tips To Keep Your Back And Spine Relaxed On A Plane

There’s no way to really deny the fact that sometimes, traveling is just a very stressful experience for everyone involved. From rushing to get to the airport on time, to trying to figure out what gate your plane is departing from, the hassle and confusion can be bad enough without any added stress, yet unfortunately, many people find that there is often one more thing waiting for them once they depart the plane – back pain.

It certainly makes sense why so many people experience back pain during and after a long flight. After all, a plane ride requires a person to spend hours hardly moving in one small cramped seat with very little lumbar support, let alone leg room. Since planes very rarely come with proper ergonomic support, it really is up to each individual passenger to do what they can to protect their back and spine from the possible tension, stiffness, and pain that so often accompanies plane passengers as a less-than-ideal travel souvenir. Fortunately, there are some great chiropractor-approved stretches that can be discreetly performed in a plane seat that will keep your spine elongated and relaxed, as I learned from a helpful article by Care 2 that I recently came across.

Sometimes yoga breaths can be a great way to start off these stretches, especially if you are someone who gets especially anxious during plane flights. This particular three part yoga breath will work to calm down the nervous system and release tension throughout the body. Inhale deeply through your nose and feel the air fill your belly, followed by your ribs and chest. Now exhale through the nose by slowly releasing the air from your chest, ribs, and lastly your belly. If you find it difficult to release all the air on your exhale in an efficient manner, an alternative way to go about exhaling all that air is to merely focus on relaxing your abdomen.

Now you’re ready for some neck and shoulder rolls! Inhale deeply and slowly, then exhale and close your eyes. Inhale again and lengthen your spine as you slowly lower your right ear to your right shoulder. Exhale and lower your chin to your chest. Repeat this five times, keeping your eyes closed the entire time, before switching sides. You may also want to talk with your doctor of chiropractic about any stretches they may recommend for you to try in order to help your specific healthcare needs.

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