Post-flight bodies can get very sore indeed, especially if you’ve been cooped up on a longhaul flight. Londonbased osteopath Philip Waldman explains how you can ease the stresses and strains of air travel.
“Slowly and gently move your head forwards and backwards. Rotate to either side, tipping your ear to your shoulder, but always return to the neutral upright position before the next movement. Tilt your neck, don’t roll it.”
“Sitting upright with your hands on the insides of your knees, twist your torso as far as you can left and right, helping yourself by pushing with your hand against the opposite knee. Keep your head above your pelvis as you twist. Don’t drift to the side.”
“Sitting down, place your hands on the top of your thighs and gently roll your shoulders forwards and backwards. At the top of the forward rolls, straighten your elbows and lean forwards to increase the stretch.”
“Lying down, pull your knees towards your armpits, hold for ten seconds, and then gently release.”
“With hands on the wall, and heel on the ground, gently lean forwards to stretch each calf. Then do the same exercise but, this time, push your knee forwards as you stretch.”
“Place your heel on a chair or bed, with your leg aligned with your hip. To stretch your hamstrings, bend forward from your hips, not your lower back. Place a hand on your knee to stop it lifting.”