Traveling with Lower back Pain: Free Travel Tips
So it goes like this… you’re suffering from crippling lower back pain but you’ve managed to get through the long haul 8hr flight… without sleeping of course… and now you have to travel by road to your final destination. Whoopie-doo.
Cabin pressure and disc pressure
Your disc pressure has increased by up to 300 percent while sitting and the back agony leg hell misery shock fire (sciatica) is chipping away at your will to live. Sounds familiar? Read on…
But wait! We’ve got the biggest surprise of all waiting for us after we check-in to our accommodation… the make or break bit. We enter our room, hoping the furnishings and cleanliness are what we paid for and they are! Yes! A quick peek out the window… what a fantastic view! This is going to be great.
Brimming with hope, we make our way to the bedroom, and there it is, just waiting for the test, taunting us. Your heart thumps out your chest as you approach this mammoth, intimidating sleep thing. You press down on it…then…
Your attention is SUDDENLY drawn to a noise like no other outside the window as if the moon has hit the earth… but it’s not the moon… it’s the sky falling in because the mattress is SOFT. You scream internally “No! No! No! If I sleep on that bed for 7 days I’ll end up ironing my shirts with a wok.”
You know exactly how that feels if you suffer from chronic back pain, it’s happened to me so many times, countless trips affected by a bed. It sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it?
Don’t come back
If you’re traveling alone, you can throw the mattress on the floor if there are no nasty native species crawling around of course, or hit the sofa, or just stay out.
If you’re traveling with a partner, it’s a different kettle of fish. You don’t want to throw the mattress on the floor or sleep on the sofa, it’s not fair on anyone. So what do you do?
If you have no alternative, you adapt… use what’s available in the room or ideally you’ve packed from experience and have something to try and make the bed tolerable.
Use what’s at hand at the time of Traveling with Lower back Pain
- Towels: Rolled up and strategically placed can make surprisingly effective lumbar supports. These have genuinely rescued bad bed situations for me.
- Pillows: Extra pillows are usually provided. Use in the same way.
- Dressing gowns: Again, these can be rolled up or scrunched together to support you.
- Sheets: use as above, scrunch, roll, twist.
- Don’t be shy, ask for more of the above if you need them.
Pack for a back
I’m always researching the next back support to add to my essential travel kit, but I do have a couple of simple staples.
- A lumbar roll is essential for lower back pain. Plane, car or bed. Here’s a good one, cheap, firm and breathable which is important. LitoTree Lumbar Support
- Here’s a self-inflating Travel Pal Lumbar Support the benefit being you don’t have to replicate the facial expressions of a jazz trumpet player when inflating and you can increase and decrease the amount of support which is particularly handy for the hotel bed.
That’s it back pals, simple and cost-effective solutions that can make a huge difference to your comfort and sleep while Traveling with Lower back Pain.