flying frequently has been shown to cause back pain, but not to worry - there are four tips for frequent travelers who wish to avoid this pain. be sure to choose your seat carefully - if you're tall, you should book an aisle seat. shorter people might want a foot elevation device. be sure to keep space for your feet, and move your feet and legs as much as possible. according to some, there are even exercises you can do during flights.
- Tall people should choose aisle seats for flights, probably so they can better stretch their legs.
- Your feet should be able to extend into the space under the seat in front of you, which may require repositioning your under-seat bag.
- While seated, you should keep moving your feet and legs in order to improve blood flow and prevent blood clots.
"According to the South African Society of Physiotherapy, three of the major causes of back pain are poor posture, inactivity and prolonged exposure to sitting, all of which are synonymous with a long flight"