How to Prevent and Ease the Aches and Pains of Traveling
by Amy Scholten, MPH
It is common to have minor aches and pains while traveling. You may spend endless hours sitting or standing. Heavy bags can be hard to haul. Cramped spaces in cars, planes, buses, and trains make it hard to move or stretch. All of these things can take a toll on your body.
A little planning can help make travel less painful.
Types of Pain You May Feel With Travel
Here are some steps to ease your travel pains.
Decrease the Strain
Take Care of Yourself
Make good health choices when traveling:
If you have travel-related aches and pains:
When to Seek Medical Treatment
Most travel aches and pain will go away on their own. Seek treatment if you have:
American Massage Therapy Association
American Physical Therapy Association
Public Health Agency of Canada
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Last Updated: 10/25/2021
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