Back pain on holiday is very common. Instead of activities like biking, kayaking, tennis and walking trips being the culprit, the biggest cause of holiday pain is lack of activity and an already stiff spine. Mobilising the spine and a few simple exercises are often enough to prevent back pain from spoiling your holiday.
Make sure you keep moving on holiday...go for a morning walk or swim and keep moving throughout the day. Your spine will thank you.
If you spend a lot of time on a sunbed, make sure you vary your position frequently and also switch to a chair. Avoid laying on your front for too long, as this can aggravate your spinal joints.
Hotel beds and poor mattresses are a major source of back pain. If the mattress is too hard, try putting a duvet under the sheet to soften it up. If its too saggy, try pulling the mattress onto the floor. If all else fails, complain and get a new mattress!
Be aware of how your carrying your luggage. Use trollies when available and make sure you're carrying bags evenly on each side of your body.
Having a pre-holiday check-up can go a long way in preventing a recurrence of back pain.
Top Tips to prevent holiday aches and pains