The holidays are a great time to catch up with friends and spend quality time with family. From parties to special dinners to festive family traditions, this time of year is full of joy and excitement. But if the most important people in your life don’t live nearby, you’ll probably be traveling – and when you live with arthritis, that can often mean pain.
Whether it’s cramped airplane seats, unfamiliar beds or even just a lack of movement from a long car trip, your joints can take a beating when you visit friends and family. If you’re planning to travel this holiday season, don’t let the prospect of pain keep you from making your trip. Follow a few simple steps to help keep pain away.
When you’ve been stuck in a car or on a plane for hours, your joints can become stiff and inflamed. The best way to prevent this is to keep moving. Take a stroll down the airplane aisle when it’s safe to move around the cabin. If you’re driving, add a few pit stops to your journey. These breaks from sitting will help your joints stay limber. And when you arrive at your destination, take a few extra minutes to try our quick exercise routines for pain relief.
When you’re on the road, quick drive-thru meals or easy airport snacks may seem like the most convenient option. But fatty foods or sugar-packed candy bars can make pain worse. If you want to take the sting out of your next trip, stock up on foods that help prevent inflammation. Find out which foods can help you minimize pain while traveling.
Prepare for Pain
While pain is never a welcome guest at a holiday party, it can often show up uninvited. While exercising and eating right during your travels can help, it’s important to have a plan in place for managing pain – whether you’re at home or on the road. Check out our Pain Toolkit sponsored by Biofreeze to learn how to prepare a pain management plan.