Millions of Americans suffer from chronic back and neck pain, and traveling only seems to intensify the pain. We here at Beaches Health Group know how uncomfortable it can be sitting in a car, airplane or on a bus for long periods of time.
Have you thought to try any of these comfy travel companions? They may not take your discomfort completely away, but they can help you have better posture while resting so that you don’t wake up with a kinked neck or aching back.
SEAT BELT PILLOW
Have you ever tried using your seat belt as a pillow? How did that work out? Probably not too well. There’s a new product that has been floating around mommy blogs and DIY sites called the seat belt pillow. You can either buy one or save yourself a little money by making your own for only around $5!
For kids, it works great. It helps keep their head more upright when they’re sleeping in the car so that their heads aren’t bobbing and kinking over in awkward positions. It can be used in car seats for little kids or strapped onto a seat belt that goes diagonally across the chest for older kids. If you make your own, you have the convenience of choosing a fabric that provides just the right softness and comfort, with removable covers for washing. The drool has to be washed off sooner or later!
The Ostrich Pillow might look a little goofy at first, but it’s still ridiculously great. It allows you to take a comfortable power nap just about anywhere – in the office, on the airplane, in the airport, at the library, in the car, on the bus, etc. If you are trying to stave off jet lag and can’t seem to get comfortable because it’s too bright or noisy, then the Ostrich Pillow might be the solution.
Taking a short nap during the day can also boost your learning, your performance and even help with weight loss.
LUMBAR BACK SUPPORT
Products that offer lumbar support can be found everywhere. Many newer cars these days come with lumbar support built into the seat that you can adjust by the push of a button.
But, have you ever actually used one? They are made to be used in a variety of scenarios including traveling, working in the office and for use in the home. This product may not be designed specifically to help you take power naps, but then again, not everyone who travels can take one. If you are behind the wheel, this product can help you feel comfortable longer, making long trips feel a little shorter. These lumbar support products come in lightweight mesh or beads.
Beaches Health Group is a health clinic that offers chiropractic care, massage therapy and personal training in Toronto, Ontario. The above images are not our own.