Our equipment is ergonomically designed to promote better posture and alignment, and lessen the stresses of travel on the body.
We all know the stresses of travel. But did you know the impact travel places on the body? The negative impacts on hydration, sleep deprivation, time change and nutrition are the obvious ones, but what about the very seat you’re sitting in?
Trying to sleep upright in a confined space places a tremendous amount of stress on your spine, your muscles, and even your brain health. It also impacts you lower back and compromises circulation throughout the body.
When you sleep sitting up, your cervical spine (c-spine) gets its curvature contorted as you slump forward. Instead of having a gentle ’S’ curve to it, the weight of your head pulls those top vertebrae forward.
Sleeping upright literally puts undue pressure and tension on all of the 26 muscles and tendons in the neck that are responsible for head and neck control. No wonder neck pain is the number one pain related travel issue.
If that doesn’t all sound bad, then consider that perhaps the most important effect is excess pressure placed on the cervical spinal cord, brain stem, and nerve endings. A human head weighs between 10 and 13 pounds. All of that weight creates pressure on the arteries that are woven through your c-spine, which deliver blood to your brain. Our travel rests effectively reduce this pressure and improve blood flow to the brain by redistributing the weight of the head across your shoulders, as well as expanding the space between the C1-C7 disks of the cervical spine.
Get Fit for Flight
Like new footbeds for your feet, or working out for the first time in ages, your body needs time to adjust to it’s new regimen. Same deal with your posture.
Most of us spend a great deal of time seated. This time more often than not compromises your spine and posture. Therefore it doesn’t come as a surprise that we need to train our cervical spine for better alignment and posture before we fly. Here are a few tips to get flight fit:
- Be aware of your posture when seated, and avoid scenarios that compromise your cervical spine such as rounded shoulders or neck alignment.
- Start using your bullbird travel rest at home on the couch while reading or watching television. Start with use for 5 min increments.
- Gradually increase before you travel to retrain your body for better posture and positioning. Increase the duration of use gradually in 5-10 minute increments until you find comfort for an extended period of time.
- Feel free to re-align or stretch during use.