Even though it’s wonderful here I bet quite a few of you will be planning a holiday away. Here are a few things to consider before you go away to protect your back.
Get organised: Don’t leave packing until the last moment . Have your suitcase off the floor when you pack so that you are not stooping over it.
Don’t take too much with you: Most of us take far too much stuff with us and bring a lot of it back unused. Whatever you take with have to be carried at some point.
Lift Safely: Keep the load close to your body as you lift. Lift with a straight back, use your legs and don’t lift and twist at the same time, as this will put a strain on your back
Try to move as much as you can: If you have suffered from back pain, try to get an aisle seat then you can easily get out of your seat frequently to walk around so that you don’t stiffen up. This is particularly important on long-haul flights. Sitting for hours on end can cause you to stiffen up.
Drink plenty of water: This will prevent dehydration and force you to get up regularly to walk to the loo.
Baggage reclaim carousel: This is a real danger area if you have a weak back. Be careful when you collect your baggage. It can sometimes be like a rugby scrum and you risk your back if you do not lift with good technique. It’s easy to overreach as you try desperately to get your suitcase off but the bags will come around again or you could move further around and plan your lift better or ask someone to help you
If you are lucky enough to be having a seaside holiday in the UK you will have discovered a great way to find your core muscles. Walk into the cold sea and wow there they are!!