We have all heard of needing a vacation from a vacation, and the aches and pains encountered while traveling. It doesn’t have to be that way. Even if getting to your vacation destination is less than pleasant, there are ways to decrease the pain and strain on your body. We’ll show you how.
It is almost inevitable that you will suffer at least some minor aches and pains while traveling. Lack of activity and keeping your body in the same position for an extended period of time can take its toll on the legs, back, neck, and other parts of the body. Often travelers have little control over their traveling conditions—they might endure long waits, endless hours in a seated or standing position, heavy bags to haul at odd angles, and cramped quarters that don’t allow for much movement or stretching.
Below are some of the most common muscle pains you could feel while traveling, as well as tips for preventing and treating these aches and pains.
Regardless of how you get there, you can take steps before you go that may ease your travel pains.
Make good health choices when traveling:
If you are suffering from travel-related aches and pains, try the following tips:
While many travel aches and pain will go away on their own, get medical treatment if you have:
American Massage Therapy Association
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Last reviewed January 2016 by Michael Woods, MD Last Updated: 3/28/2014