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The thought of sitting in a car or plane for an extended period of time can make vacationing difficult to enjoy for individuals with acute or chronic pain.

With a little planning and a few precautions, however, it’s possible to plan a trip that’s both smooth and enjoyable.

These tips will help you take care of yourself and plan ahead for a relaxing vacation.

  1. Tip #1 Before making traveling arrangements, talk with your doctor about your trip. Ask their opinion about possible activities, your physical condition and any limitations. Healthy Tips: Make a list of questions ahead of time to help you remember what to ask.
  2. Tip #2 Verify with your form of transportation such as airlines, cruises, trains and buses that they will have necessary accommodations for you. Healthy Tips: Use a suitcase with rollers to make transportation easier.
  3. Tip #3 Make a packing list for necessities that help you feel comfortable. Don’t forget any medications you may need as well. Some ideas include: Heating pad Cold pack Neck pillow Back support items Sleeping masks
  4. Tip #4 Prioritize your sightseeing. Rank the places you would like to see by importance to you. Don’t forget to allow extra time for travel in your plans.
  5. Tip #5 Stretch often to lessen your chances of becoming stiff, which can trigger a pain flare-up. If your mode of transportation is long, make sure to take occasional breaks and stretch your legs.
  6. Tip #6 Dress comfortably. Wear supportive footwear, wear loose, comfortable clothes and dress for the weather. Bring along any braces or supportive devices just in case.
  7. Tip #7 Know your limitations and be open with others about it in your party. Take breaks as needed and agree that you will stay behind to rest, if need be. Healthy Tips: Sitting all day? Be sure to get up and occasionally stretch.

For More Information

If you would like more information about Advanced Pain Management please call 888-901-7246 or contact us directly using our “Contact Us” online form.



This material is presented for informational and educational purposes only. This information does not constitute medical advice and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health care provider before beginning any exercise program. If you experience any pain or difficulty with these exercises, stop and consult your health care provider. ADVANCED PAIN MANAGEMENT MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, THAT THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THESE MATERIALS WILL MEET YOUR NEEDS.

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