Travelling can be a great adventure or a peaceful break from daily life, but it can also cause back problems along the way, hence why a posture brace is important.
When can pain occur? Think of all the times you fell asleep with your neck tilted on plane rides, or sat long hours on road trips, or even lifted (and carried around) heavy luggage – all these situations can take a toll on your spine, shoulders, neck, and especially lower back.
Thankfully, there are a few things you can do and bring along to prevent or alleviate this.
How To Keep Good Posture When Travelling
If sitting for long periods, pressure builds up on your muscles, joints, and intervertebral discs due to keeping your spine in a static position. To combat effects of prolonged sitting, be mindful of your posture with this checklist:
- Keep both your feet flat on the floor.
- Keep your lower back supported with a pillow or a back brace, and sit against the seat instead of diagonally.
- Keep your ears aligned with your shoulders to ensure your chin is not too forward.
- Keep your shoulders aligned with your hips to avoid slouching.
- Make sure your headrest is not pushing your head forward.
- Take short yet frequent walks to keep your muscles moving and release any pressure. Do some simple stretches to release tension and feel lighter.
If you are driving, take advantage of adjustable steering wheels and car seats! Ensure that you are not leaning forward or slouching, and that the wheel is at a comfortable distance from your body.
Bring support with you. Sometimes seats cannot be fully adjusted as per your needs, so bringing support is a great way to ensure you are not compromising your back. A few tools that are both travel friendly and can go a long way are:
- Lumbar pillow – these usually fit in carry-on luggage and are great for your lower back. If you cannot take one with you, you can use a rolled up jacket or blanket in its place.
- Neck pillow – these are very popular with travelers and help you sleep in public transportation without letting you bend your neck too far.
- Posture corrector – a back brace is great for keeping your shoulders back and your spine aligned. It also kelps keep a good form when lifting bags.
How To Wear A Posture Corrector When Travelling
Back braces come in many shapes and sizes, and investing in at least one that is highly portable can really make your future trips a breeze. In fact, some variations are now easy to conceal under clothes and pack in your carry-on.
However, to prevent muscle atrophy, we highly recommend sticking to a maximum of 3 hours per day. Great times to utilize it during a trip are:
- When in transit, but not while driving
- When resting at the hotel, but not while sleeping
- When working out
Recommended Posture Correctors
- AlignBack Straightener (Travel friendly)
- AlignPosture Brace (Travel friendly)
- AlignBack Brace
- AlignShoulder Brace (Contains magnets)