Jetting AwayWhile we’re getting ready to enjoy a summer of sun, sea and sand, it’s worth remembering that for most of us, a holiday begins with a flight.

Flights, particularly long ones, can play havoc with existing injuries. We’d recommend that if you are currently suffering from any kind of pain,to book yourself in for an assessment before you go. This way, one of our skilled practitioners can not only give you treatment, they can also advise you on the best way to survive the flight and even provide you with some exercises to keep twinges at bay.

If you don’t have a pre-existing condition, it’s worth preparing for a long flight by treating yourself to a sports massage.This can ease out any tensions you might have and prepare you for sitting for a prolonged period. Book one for after your return and ease yourself back into your daily routine – it’s a much nicer way to welcome yourself home than going straight back to work!

Massage therapist Nicky McClean recommends taking some cooling gel to rub on your feet and legs to prevent swelling. Be sure to check with your airline whether they allow cooling gel on their flights!

PhysiotherapistRory Mee recommends getting up at regular intervals and walking about, as well as pelvic tilts.

Remembering to get up and move about can be tricky if you try and pass the time by sleeping or reading. We recommend focusing on hydration – get up every time you get a new glass of water. Be aware of your posture – every time you notice that you are slumping forward, use that as a reminder to get up.

Remember, you can find more tips about looking after yourself while on holiday here. To make an appointment for before or after your holiday, call us on 020 8332 6184, email us at info@theforgeclinic.com or book online.

Bon voyage!