Over the years I have tried many different products to ease the pain while travelling. I have NEVER let my pain stop me from going to places, I have just tried to find the best products to help me along the way.
All the planning for your holiday fun are ready but I bet the last person you have thought about was yourself. We are busy planning fun for the children and visit’s to different places instead of thinking about ourselves.
My top pick on the best ways and products to keep your pain at bay while travelling are –
The easy way to avoid a flare-up is to plan ahead. Walk the event through your head. How long will you be in the car? if it’s going to be a long haul journey make sure you have your coccyx wedge cushion with you. They are not just for sciatica pain but is great for low back and fibromyalgia pain. It’s easily portable so think about what you will be sitting on when you arrive at your destination.
Magnetic back support belts are great for back pain but can also help avoid back pain by wearing them when you travel. They are self-heating and you really can feel the heat coming through after they have been on you for only a short time.
Think about what the temperature is going to be like where you are going to. Pack your pain relief cushions which are great hot or cold for neck pain or any other body pain and can come in handy if someone else in the family has some pain. This company do a number of different shapes and sizes.
Buy yourself a 14-day pill organiser as it’s easy to forget when you last had your medication while away from your usual environment. Pack a second lot of pills and pop in another suitcase in case the original got lost during the flight ( this has happened to me). I love this colourful one by BOENFU, the colours brighten your day rather than looking unappealing.
Finally, don’t forget to pack your walking stick as you will, without doubt, be walking on completely different terrine to what you are used to at home and that can soon trigger off low back pain. Folding walking sticks are cheap enough to buy nowadays and there are also some pretty and floral ones around. I learnt very quickly to make sure I had a spare in the boot of the car or in my suitcase in case I lost my original one en route.
The writer Vibeke who is a travel writer and photographer is also a Fibromyalgia sufferer and so has to plan carefully for her trips around the world.
She comments that good shoes are the key which of course is essential. The latest ones that I have seen which are ideal for travel are Joya shoes. The positive effect of a soft, springy surface on the locomotive system has been put to good use by a physiotherapist for a long time now and is a highly topical subject in the fields of prevention/rehabilitation. The Joya brand has developed a shoe which makes use of this principle. The soft, supple material of the patented Joya sole means the load on the sole of your feet is ideally distributed as you walk and stand instead of being concentrated only on certain spots.
Walk more in readiness for your holiday, and that means pounding the streets a bit with the correct shoes on to see how far you can walk without pain. Try and increase it a little every day as you would be surprised at how much more walking you do when you are away on holiday.
Sleep and rest enough ready for the travel which can drain you if it’s a long haul.
Plan your first 24 hours so that you give yourself time to get over the travel which will then help you to enjoy the rest of your holiday.
Research your destination IN FULL. Look if there are any steps and how many there are to get from a to be. Find out how far away you are from any of the amenities that are available.
The most important thing is that you are prepared and can then enjoy your holiday without any problems.