Managing Joint Pain When you’re Travelling or Cycling

As adults, most of us have experienced joint pain at one time or another. If you have spent long hours cooped up in a plane, with little room for movement, you know what I am talking about. Though everyone has suffered from joint pain at some point in their lives, it is chronic and debilitating only to some unlucky few. For most of us, a few days rest and medication can bring relief from such joint pains and aches. But for the few unlucky ones, it can be drastic and prevent them from living a normal life.

Cycling in Romania (creative commons)

Cycling in Romania (creative commons)

Our knee joint is the most vulnerable as it supports our weight whenever when we stand, but it is also strained when we cycle. This can be particularly problematic when you are cycling for long distances. Travelling is also quite tricky, as it requires sitting for hours on end in a cramped space, like when you’re flying or taking the train. Travelling by car might be relatively better, as you can stop as and when you need to, maybe even spend a night in a hotel or an inn, sleeping in a proper bed.

Remedies for joint pain while on holiday

In most cases, pain killers and topical applications can help make the pain go away. Make sure you carry them with you when you’re travelling. When you are on a vacation, there might be steps to climb, cycling routes to stick to and a lot of walking or standing around or even simply sitting on a bus. By waking up and doing a few basic stretches, you will put a bigger distance between yourself and the joint pain.

Cyclists (Creative Commons)

Cyclists (Creative Commons)

Cycling trips are a great way to exercise, but too much cycling can turn a joint pain into an ordeal. The secret is to measure the amount of effort that you can make and never push your limits. Try to choose straight cycling routes, rather than hills and valleys.

Surprisingly enough, people suffering from joint pain are not necessarily older people, so preventing the joint pain among cyclists and thirsty travelers should be a priority, especially if you want to enjoy many adventurous holidays to come.

 

 

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