When I travel, I take care of my posture

For each form of transport, the right reflectors are needed. So that a long journey does not create pain and does not intensify existing ones, it is necessary to adapt our posture and our behavior.

• Good working positions in the car

Of course, we leave when we want and we go at our own pace. But long car journeys expose our body to paradoxical stresses. Many joints suffer from immobility when others are overworked and the back muscles contract continuously in response to vibrations and braking. To better accommodate these parameters, a break is needed every two hours to relax and mobilize the body. But also make sure you are properly installed.


Everything must be adjusted for optimal comfort. Headquarters allows you to reach the pedals without the leg being too bent or stretched so as not to create postural asymmetry and pretty tall (eye hole 1 cm above the steering wheel, with or without added spacer) in order to clear the field of vision and just have to look in the mirror without moving your neck. The backrest is almost vertical (20 degrees of incline, maximum) to limit muscle contractions in the back, and added an ergonomic lumbar pad to keep it hollow and not crash on the hips. If our car is equipped with it, the cruise control avoids tension on the rear chain. And remember to have your eyesight checked so as not to strain your neck when reading a sign!

Passenger side

In front of the seat must be moved back to be able to regularly mobilize the legs during the journey and counteract venous stasis. Let’s use the armrests to avoid neck pain and shoulders, but banish the elbow to the door, which creates tension on the spine. Do not hesitate to use a lumbar pillow as well as’a butt patty to reduce the pressure of the edge of the seat on the legs.

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• Good working positions in trains and coaches

Breaks are regulated during long bus journeys. Although the prospect of going out and leaving our belongings bores us, we have to force ourselves to do it. Let’s get down and move! By train you must walk the aisles regularly. The gaze of other passengers should not be an obstacle to our movements. In any case, buttock and lumbar pillows are also our allies.

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• Good working positions in the plane

Although the flight is quick, the journey between the departure and arrival points seems endless. Psychologically it is exhausting. Also physically, by stomping, walking through endless corridors, waiting poorly installed… Wearing compression stockings is strongly recommended to promote venous return and avoid the risk of phlebitis in coagulation disorders.

A small dose of red wine or witch hazel a few days before the trip is a good idea.

Also, if possible, let’s sit in the plane at wing height. The stability is better there and we have less of a tendency to contract in our seat.

We try that toorecline the backrest to extend the legs. And just like on the train, don’t hesitate to walk down the aisle!

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• Correct boat positions

Unless you suffer from seasickness, a short crossing is not a problem. A cruise is more because, on a boat, we either sit or stand, but we are moving a little.

calf muscles, essential for motor skills and cardiovascular health, are the first to melt away very quickly. Do we force ourselves to do 3 sets of 10 squats every day: hands on the bar or ramp, you inhale as you bring your stomach in, and you go down with bent knees, straight back, then you go up as you inhale.

thanks to Gwénaëlle Dargnies, physiotherapist, naturopath, author of Your back will thank you, ed. Eyerolls.

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