How to Ease the Pain of Travelling
Updated on 06 September 2016

Travelling while dealing with muscle problems can be very tiring, not to mention extremely painful. Getting to your destination can be pretty hard on your muscles, joints and your back, not only because of all the luggage you need to carry, but also because you are often required to sit for an extended period of time and often in very cramped spaces.

If you happen to be dealing with back and joint pain, or perhaps even a muscle strain, here are some basic tips to help you alleviate your pain while travelling.

Drink Plenty of Water

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Perhaps you weren’t aware of it, but water can greatly help with relieving back and joint pain. The most common cause of back and joint pain is a lack of hydration. You may not feel dehydrated but, when your body doesn’t get enough water, it can cause pain and swelling in your back, neck and joints.

That is why it is crucial that you increase your daily intake of water, especially if you have had some more serious problems with your joints and muscles. When you travel, you will certainly walk for extended periods of time in order to explore your destination, so drinking lots of water is absolutely essential, even if you don’t have muscle problems. Water will provide your body with the needed nutrients and oxygen, so any pain you’re feeling will be kept at bay.

Move as Much as You Can

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When you arrive at your travel destination, moving around wouldn’t be that much of a problem, since you will certainly go sightseeing and explore the entire place. However, getting there can be quite stressful for your muscles and spine, since sitting for an extended period of time can stiffen your back muscles.

That is why you should get up and move from time to time in order to stimulate blood flow and prevent your muscles from stiffening and becoming inflamed. Movement can also prevent the forming of blood clots in your legs so, if possible, try and move around every 20 or 30 minutes during your traveling.

Cool Down or Warm Up Your Muscles

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In most cases, back and joint pain are accompanied by inflammation. This is why cooling down your muscles with ice can greatly help reduce the inflammation and relieve pain. Therefore, make sure you bring an ice pack with you while traveling and apply it to numb the sore tissues. However, you need to make sure you use a protective barrier, such as a towel, in order to avoid ice burns.

Heat can also help with alleviating joint and muscle pain, so you can use a portable hot pack to warm up your lower back while traveling, or any other joint that may be causing you pain. You can also use a heat wrap with adhesives, as it can be applied directly to your skin and warm you up much quicker. Not to mention that it lasts a lot longer.


These tips are essential ones that can help you ease your pain during long travels and help you truly enjoy your vacation. The most important thing while traveling is to have contact information of an on-call doctor who can be available to you anytime you might need some kind of a healthcare service so that you can have your peace of mind and be able to truly relax.

If you happen to plan a trip to Dubai or even plan on relocating there, you can contact some of the best doctors-on-call who can provide you with high-quality medical care in your home, office or hotel room. Whether you experience muscle problems or any other type of problem, you can be certain that you are in the right hands, as Dubai is rich with healthcare services of top quality that can provide you with extraordinary medical care whenever you need it.

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