ON HOLIDAY

Don’t let your holiday be spoilt by unnecessary injuries – use the time wisely to take up gentle exercise and you’ll feel much better when you return home

Regular, gentle exercise helps ease stiffness and strengthens muscles. Ensure you keep at least a little mobile every day while you are away, particularly if you are used to a certain level of exercise, to avoid muscle seizure. Make the most of your hotel pool or a safe bathing area of the sea to keep you active – water can also help ease any niggles you may have

One of the best parts of any holiday is soaking up all of the glorious sights! However, constant craning of the neck to view beautiful buildings may place strain on the neck muscles. Rest the neck each evening by having a relaxing bath and use a pressure relieving travel pillow to support and help the muscles recover.

Holidays are all about relaxation and indulgence - if you have access to luxuries such as a Jacuzzi, having a massage or using a steam room, these can also benefit you as they manipulate and relax the muscles.

You may need to sit in uncomfortable positions on your travels, especially if you are flying long-haul, have a long transfer to your destination, or are travelling a distance by train or car. A blow-up neck cushion is a good buy, as it offers support on long journeys.

If you’re planning a skiing or snowboarding trip, or are holidaying somewhere cool, remember to keep an extra layer of clothing on to ensure the back is warm as well if the kidney area is exposed or cold, the lower back and pelvic muscles will tighten leaving the back vulnerable to injury. A hot bath at the end of the day should also help.

Sleep! It is important to get a good night’s sleep, not only to ensure you can make the most of your time on holiday, but also to help your body’s tired muscles recuperate.