For those with back pain, sitting for hours in an airplane seat can be excruciating. Esther Gokhale, author of 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back (888-557-6788; egwellness.com), suggests the following adjustments.
• Put a cushion (or rolled-up sweater) against the lower part of the seat, to allow the back to maintain its natural curve.
• When you feel pressure on your lower back, hinge forward from the hips, put your head in your hands, and rest your elbows on the open tray.
• When you want to nap, instead of leaning back, lengthen your spine and rest your head against the seat in front of you, with a pillow as a cushion.