There is one little exercise that may be doable--a foot flexing one. Just flexing and pointing your toes can release some of that static tension that builds up when you can't move too much. Along with the fibro, I have nerve damage from diabetes, and this is something my neural physical therapist suggested I do as often as I think about it every day, traveling or not! LOL
...it not only increases strength and flexibility in the muscles and joints, all the way to the hip if you do it lying down, it helps increase the circulation and decrease the possibility of blood clotting from lack of movement. I have found it doesn't do much for my knees in that kind of situation, but it certainly would not hurt to try, y'know? LOL
He also told me if I was taking a long driving trip, I should stop for ten to fifteen minutes out of every hour to walk for five minutes and stretch for five minutes (the legs and ESPECIALLY the rib area) and just BREATHE for the rest... He's very into me getting the oxygen moving... LOL I thought, every HOUR? But I tried it on a 150mile trip ( usually only around 3 hours...) I drove for 45 minutes and stopped for 15... Wow. I could hardly believe the difference... although I have to say that last stop I didn't want to get back in the van... unless it was to sleep! LOL
But then, at home I don't sit for more than about ten minutes at a time unless I'm asleep.
Since you're stopping every hour and a half or so anyway, you could try this kind of stuff... And you can try alternating ice and heat when you get to your destination. Or,If there's a pool--or better yet, a beach!-- where you're going, water "therapy" would definitely be on my list! LOL
Have a WONDERFUL time on your trip...
Edited by: I.M.MAGIC at: 3/24/2012 (07:58)
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