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7 tips for a more comfortable flight

7 tips for a more comfortable flight

9th October 2019

Short and long-haul flights can often wreak havoc on our bodies, particularly our backs and necks. This is largely due to a prolonged period in one posture. There are lots of ways to help you have a more comfortable flying experience. We share our 7 tips for a more comfortable flight with you below.

1. Stay hydrated

The pressurised cabin leads to dryness and thirst, so keeping your water intake up will help combat this. Take an empty drink bottle with you on international flights, and fill it when you are through security and customs – don’t rely on the drinks cart coming around every few hours for a glass of water.

2. Get up often

A change in posture is key. Plane chairs aren’t ergonomically designed, so it’s important to keep changing posture regularly to prevent muscle spasm and joint pain. Get up and walk the aisle of the plane as often as you can.

3. Bring your own supportive pillow

Use the pillow provided for your lower back and take your own neck pillow for increased comfort and support when sleeping on the plane.

4. Move your lower extremities

Move your feet/ankles/toes regularly in your seat to prevent the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis.

5. Stretch your neck

Stretch your neck using these 2 simple stretches:

Neck stretch1 Place your right hand on your left ear, pull your head gently to the right until you feel a stretch in the left side of your neck. Hold for 20 seconds. Repeat either side 3 times.
Neck stretch2 Place your right hand behind the left hand side of your head. Look towards your right armpit and gently pull in the direction of your right armpit and right hip. You will feel a stretch in the lefthand side at the back of your neck. Hold for 20 seconds. Repeat either side 3 times.

6. Mobilise your upper back and neck

Self-mobilise your upper back and neck by gently twisting your neck from left to right and also twisting your back/torso from left to right. Do this 4-5 times each side every couple of hours.

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7. Sleep

If you can, try to sleep within the time zones you are heading towards to ensure you feel more refreshed on the other side of your journey.

Check out our video where we show you exactly how to do these exercises

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The team at Canterbury Health Hub can help you prepare for your next long-haul flight and develop an exercise program for when you arrive at your new destination. Book online today to make a time to discuss your travel plans with one of our Practitioners.

This article is for information purposes only. Please consult your Osteopath or primary healthcare professional for further information.