Are you planning on a taking a flight overseas for say 12 hours or more and have concerns about whether you will make it without a whole lot of back or neck pain? Here are some tips to help make it easier.
Let’s plan ahead.
- Get a neck pillow
Firstly, can you sleep on a flight. If you can make yourself comfortable. Grab a neck pillow so that your head stays in line with the rest of your body.
- Ask for a Complimentary Pillow and Blanket.
Check to see if you are being offered a pillow (you can use to pillow to support the small of your back) and or blanket during your flight. Cover yourself up if you can.
- Move or Shut Off The Overhead Fans.
Careful where you point those overhead fans. If they focus a beam of cold air on your neck, then you can end up with a wry neck.
- Get Some Ear Plugs And An Eye Mask
If noise affects you, carry ear plugs or get noise cancelling headphones. If light disturbs your sleep get yourself block out eyeshades.
- Ask If There Any Empty Seats
To make life even more comfortable ask if there are any rows of empty seats. If you are lucky you can spread out and lie flat across them.
- Ask For A Bulkhead Or Emergency Exit Seat
Sometimes it is possible to choose a “bulk head” seat where there isn’t a seat in front of you. You just have to be physically fit and prepared to help others get out of the plane if it has an unexpected landing.
- When Awake Get Up Every Now And Then And Go For A Walk
If on the other hand you can’t sleep on a flight, make sure that you get up periodically e.g. each hour or two and go for a walk around the aircraft. Do some gentle stretches while standing. To make this easier choose an aisle seat or ask for a bulk head seat as above.
The above will help you both to prevent problems and make your flight more comfortable. Enjoy your holiday or business trip with one less thing to worry about. If you need help before your flight to make your back stronger and suffer less pain, we can help with a program, especially if you have a long lead time before the flight. Often clients have come to me soon after they have booked their flight a year in advance. We work together to ensure that they are fit for the trip.