neck and shoulder painFor those who suffer with chronic pain, there may be nothing worse than having to travel.

For some, even the thought of setting for long periods can bring on a dread to go. And, no matter what type of traveling you’re doing, it is hard to get comfortable enough to aleve the pain.

Car rides, trains, subways to airplanes, they can all be tough for the chronic pain sufferer.

Of course there are always little ways that someone can make their time spent traveling a bit easier. Even though most chronic pain sufferers have prescription medication to help relieve their pain, this can sometimes not be conducive to their traveling means, and for those who do not have pain medication, traveling can only mean extra pain during and after the trip.

Traveling can be hard enough without being in extra pain.

3 Things To Help Traveling With Chronic Pain

1. Travel Pillow

A travel pillow is one way to make the journey go smoother. If you have the right type of pillow, it can make all the difference in the world as far a comfort goes. There are so many different types of pillows on the market that are on-the-go friendly that it’s not hard to find one. They are made to help with your back, neck, shoulders, and legs, making it easier to get find that little bit of comfort that you’re seeking during a long ride.

2. Ice Packs

Ice packs are another great way to help reduce swelling and pain that occurs from setting for long periods. For people who have health conditions that can cause swelling in the legs, feet and hands, like arthritis and many other joint issues, an ice pack can save the day. Reducing the painful swelling and stiffness can make the trip more comfortable.

3. Heating Pad

One of the best ways, however, to relieve any pain, is by using a heating pad. Heat has been a long time remedy for pain. You may remember seeing your grandparents using a heating pad from time to time. But, the use of heat to help reduce pain goes back even further than that.

When heat is applied to a sure or tired muscle it causes an increase in the blood flow to that area. Which means; that it provides a better circulation, to help carry away things like lactic acids, and other ‘bad’ compounds that have gathered to create pain. Pulling away the bad stuff and replacing it with a fresh supply of blood and oxygen.

These are only a few of the things that you can try using to help reduce the extra pain associated with traveling.

Pillows, ice packs, and heating pads are all great things that you can use during your trip and even after you arrive at your location. They’re even made more portable just for the specific purpose of use while traveling.

The next time you have to travel, try these ideas to make your trip a little more enjoyable, so that you can spend more time focusing on the ride, not your pain.

What`s your tip to ease traveling with chronic pain? Feel free to share below,