If you have back pain or neck pain or any other chronic pain then sometimes thinking about holidays can be a bit of a worry.
Hopefully you’ll already be having the problem treated by a healthcare professional so it will be being managed. So although you may not be pain free, you’ll have some advice to follow whilst you are on holiday.
However, if you are suffering from pain everyday and you’re not having any treatment for it and you have a big holiday coming up then try and see a therapist to help.
Around this time of the year I often see a few patients coming in two or three days before they are due to fly out on holiday saying:
‘I have dreadful pain and I’ve got the holiday of a lifetime booked in a week’
This does not give your chosen therapist much time at all to treat the problem you are concerned about.
My advice is:
If you are concerned at the point of booking your holiday, that you may have an injury or issue that might interfere with the enjoyment or pleasure of the holiday – then start looking for someone to treat you at that point.
This gives the practitioner you are seeing plenty of time to help you so that you may be pain free by the time it comes to your holiday, or at least have professional advice about how to manage the problem.
If you are already having treatment for your problem but find that the pain tends to come and go then speak to your health care professional before you go on holiday. This way they can give you advice before you go.
I say to my patients to let me know when they’re going away and we will have a plan of action of what they’re going to do, such as:
- Items (perhaps their pillow) that they can take with them on holiday
- Making sure they know exercises or movement exercises to do if their pain starts up again
- Having pain medication with them so that if they need it then they have it and are not wishing that they did have it.
NB: If you are going abroad make sure that the pain medication you take is ok for you to take into that country as some countries have restrictions on what you can bring into them.
Your practitioner can also give you a plan of action of what you are going to do if the problem gets worse.
This may be; contacting your chiropractor via email, or having a contact ready for a healthcare professional in the location you are headed to on holiday.
This may seem like a lot of planning for something that may or may not happen, but I have found that people who have recurrent problems find having a plan in place helpful.
It means that they feel more comfortable and secure going away because they that if the problem does occur they know what to do and there is less chance it will ruin their holiday
If you have any questions or comments then do let me know, or alternatively post them in the comments below.
Chiropractor – Total Chiropractic