Omaha, NE (March 23, 2015) - Travel nurses already know that planes are ideal hot spots for catching a cold or flu bug, but there are other nagging health problems travelers can experience while flying, as shared by travel nursing jobs leader, Aureus Medical Group.
Flying at high altitudes simply drains you – there's no question about it. The busy schedule you have as a travel nurse, a lack of legroom (or any room at all, really), uncomfortable seating, and general stress can also contribute to neck and back pain.
What causes neck and back pain during flights?
There are several factors at play when it comes to muscle tension while flying, and it's not only the fact that you are sitting uncomfortably. Here are some other issues that directly contribute to that unmistakable nagging irritation:
Heavy luggage during travel: We all know that we are supposed to travel light, but if you are saddled with multiple assignments, you might have no choice but to bring along your extra-large suitcase. If this is the case, be sure to distribute weight evenly on both sides of your body. Carrying too much weight on one side can put a lot of added pressure on your neck, back, and shoulders.
Additionally, when lifting heavy luggage from baggage claim or into overhead bins, be sure to bend with your knees. Lifting in stages can also help, according to the Boston Spine Group. For instance, lift the suitcase to the top of the airline seat, then to the compartment, as to not strain any muscles in your neck and back.
Tension and stress: Having anxious thoughts or feeling overwhelmed doesn't just weigh down your mind; it can also have adverse effects on the body and tire you out significantly. If you tend to have trouble sleeping on planes, it can only make these issues worse.
Read the full article for more tips on avoiding neck pain and back cramps.
About Aureus Medical Group:
Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide. With more than 30 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire. Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 45 years.