You booked your flight to that warm tropical island for the vacation you’ve craved for months. You’re at the airport and the attendant behind the counter has just bumped you to first class at no extra charge. You’re ready to sit back, relax, and enjoy your flight. But don’t get too comfortable yet, especially if you’re in for a long flight.
“How Does Flying Impact My Blood Circulation?”
Before we discuss the impact of flying on your circulation, let’s look at what blood circulation actually is. It’s critical for your overall health because it spreads oxygen and nutrients to your whole body. If you suffer from hypertension, then your circulation becomes more difficult as blood has to travel through narrow vein openings. Sitting for long periods of time causes blood to pool in your leg veins. This can lead to pain or cramping in hands or feet.
Whether you’re in an airplane, train, car, or at your office desk, sitting for long periods of time can impact your blood circulation. Worst case scenario, it can cause a condition called deep vein thrombosis or DVT in which blood clots form in the deep veins of your lower legs and thighs. When blood circulation is compromised, your feet will swell, feel cold, and begin to cramp. The longer the flight, the longer you sit, the greater the chances of developing these challenges or worse.
There are precautions you can take prior to flying, such as drinking lots of water, avoiding caffeine and alcohol for several days prior to your flight, and wearing loose fitting clothing. Graduated compression stockings may also help. During your flight, be sure to walk around whenever possible (at least every two hours), flex your ankles frequently, and don’t cross your legs. While tempting, avoid the greasy, fatty, salty fast-food kiosks in the airport prior to boarding, and choose a healthier meal option like salad or light soup.
“I’m Back from Vacation, Now What?”
Your plane has landed and you’ve enjoyed your time away, however, you may still be experiencing some of the effects of not only your plane ride home, but days of poor nutrition, not enough water, and possibly sunburn. Puffy eyes, swollen ankles, and a feeling of lethargy hit you as you stand at the baggage carousel. What can you do?
A visit to Nordic Cryotherapy will give you that much needed ‘vacation from your vacation.’ They offer a host of healing treatments that will improve blood circulation, relieve pain and swelling, and get you back to feeling great in no time. Whether you choose local cryotherapy for those specific areas that are problematic, compression therapy, or a Cryofacial to reduce those puffy eyes, each has a specific purpose and that is – to improve your health and get you back in the game.
Planning a vacation soon? Why not schedule your cryotherapy sessions ahead of time so you can start your program as soon as you return. Nordic Cryotherapy’s newest location at JFK Airport, Terminal 4 is the perfect location for air travelers. You can literally disembark and enjoy a relaxing Nordic Facial or localized cryotherapy treatment.
Contact us today to learn more about all of our cryotherapy treatments in Eastchester, NY, New Canaan, CT and now, JFK, Terminal 4. Our experienced cryotechnicians will answer all of your questions and develop a program just right for you.