Travelling with Arthritis

For many people a holiday is a great break. But if you suffer from arthritis or a bad back the journey itself can seriously reduce your enjoyment.

Here are some useful tips for travelling…

Wear comfortable shoes. Low heeled, rubbed soled shoes that offer good support and shock absorption are best!  Find a trusty old pair, rather than breaking in some new ones.

Stretch and Move. If you’re on a plane, get up and move every couple of hours and try to stay gently active when you get there so you don’t seize up.

Lighten the load. Use a case on wheels to make things easier and pack light (such as things that can be easily washed and dried overnight)

Do seat exercises. These will prevent stiffness in your joints and decrease your risk for deep vein thrombosis.

Use heat or ice therapy. If either heat or ice helps ease your joint pain, then use it. Pop a couple of heat patches in your hand luggage (you can get ones that you press a button in to turn on) or bring a resealable plastic bag that you can ask a flight attendant to fill with ice.

Reducing Back Pain

  • Stretch the shoulders by placing hands behind back (one over, one under as shown) and trying to make them meet. Don’t overdo it!
  • Raise and lower your toes while keeping your heels on the ground
  • Raise and lower your heels while your toes stay on the ground.
  • Tighten and relax the muscles in your legs.
  • If you have space, lift your foot off the floor, lean gently forward and straighten your leg until you feel it in your hamstrings (back of thigh).

It can also be useful to book in a treatment before flying or for your return. If you want to plan ahead or need to purchase an ice pack, balls or theraband for travelling, call me on 07949 936 534.

If you know someone going away, who may benefit from some additional assistance, ask them to call for their FREE 30 minute consultation.


Have a great holiday,

Ann Nolan BSc (Hons) Ost

07949 936 534

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