Not everyone walks off a plane after a long flight in perfect health. The two common complaints for those on long plane flights are back pain and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).
Back pain is commonly caused by the excessive stress that sitting in a flexed position puts on the discs of the lower back. Deep vein Thrombosis is a clot which forms commonly in the veins of the lower legs as a result of immobility causing stagnation and clotting of blood.
Following some simple tips can help to prevent these problems.
- Try and get an aisle seat so that you can regularly get out of a flexed sitting posture
- Go on regular walks and spend some time in a standing position. Getting up every one to two hours gets your back straight and the blood pumping in your legs.
- When you get up do some simple back arches. Just keep your hands in the low of your back and let your hips come forwards as you arch back.
- While you are sitting use an inflatable back roll or roll up some clothing to put in the low of your back to maintain the natural arch of your back
- Do simple movements of your feet and ankles regularly. You can write the alphabet with your feet.
- Wear flight socks. These are compressive socks that reduce pooling of blood in the veins.
- Stay hydrated. Dehydration is also a contributing factor to getting a DVT.
Safe plan travel means you will get to your destination in great shape and enjoy your holiday all the more.