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Travel PAL attends TGA Show in Las Vegas!

Travel PAL is excited to attend the International Travel Goods Association Show in Las Vegas! This event brings together some of the finest travel goods available on the market today. Over 300 exhibitors representing more than 500 brands and over 50 nations come together under one roof for a weekend of collaboration. Open exclusively to manufacturers, retail buyers, and the media, the TGA Show gives a sneak peek at travel industry trends and innovations before they hit the shelves. For three days, Travel PAL will be seen by thousands of people and brands. Its innovative and compact design has already captured the attention of thousands of customers, and we look forward to meeting more partners at the show. Stop by booth #4009 to meet with the people behind Travel PAL and experience its comfort and convenience for yourself! Travel PAL’s unique design makes any seat more comfortable, even those terrible “bucket” airline seats that cause the spine to hunch uncomfortably. Whether you’re in a plane, car, or train, Travel PAL will make your seat more comfortable!

Travel Tips from your PAL

Travel is never comfortable. Regardless of whether you’re in a train, plane, or car, you always somehow end up feeling like you’re in a can of sardines. Luckily, we have compiled a list of travel tips that can make even the most uncomfortable travel experience more bearable.

1. Use a footrest
Sitting with your legs at a straight 90° angle for prolonged periods inhibits blood flow to and from the legs. This causes your legs to get restless and uncomfortable far quicker than necessary. In some people it even causes swelling of the legs, which is about as comfortable as it sounds.

To combat this, use a footrest while you travel. Elevating your feet even a few inches off the ground does wonders for your legs and your overall posture. Because in addition to keeping your legs comfortable, lifting your feet even slightly pushes you back in your seat so you feel the full effect of your Travel PAL lumbar support.

There are several fantastic, foldable travel footrests available on the market, but if you have to make do…you can always prop your feet on your purse, backpack, or other carryon item that you have safely stowed under the seat in front of you.

2. Use a sleeping mask and headphones
Everyone has experienced the trip that leaves you in a silent rage, mentally screaming at the people around you for being too noisy, pointing their light at you, talking over you to their friends across the aisle, or committing some other grievous travel faux pas.

Life is better when you are prepared for these people. Armed with a sleep mask and headphones, you can take control of your own comfort and block out offending lights and sounds. There are a plethora of sleep masks available on the market, even from companies like Tempur-Pedic, and although noise-cancelling headphones work best, normal headphones can do wonders to remove you from the outside world when you turn on some calming tunes.

3. Use your muscles
The importance of stretching during travel cannot be overstated. When you know you will be sedentary for a long time, work your muscles whenever you get the chance.

Simply walking up and down the plane or train or around a rest stop will kick your circulation into gear and prepare you for another long stretch of sitting. Failing to move around often enough can lead to cramps and extreme discomfort.

Moving or stretching for several minutes every hour is ideal, but not always possible. If you can’t get up as often as you would like, there are simple stretches you can do in your seat. Toe lifts are excellent for restless legs. Point your toes as far down as you can, then point them up, and repeat several times on each foot. To stretch your back, try bending forward over your lap and touching your feet.

4. Use your brain
Before you leave, put serious thought into what you will need to keep you happy during your trip: food, water, and entertainment. If you are getting on a plane, don’t forget to take a bottle of water (hydration is key!) and snacks. Those plane crackers and drinks are great, but they only come around once or twice a flight; you’ll likely get hungry halfway through the flight, so plan ahead and pack yourself a treat. And always bring water – drinking soda can actually dehydrate you more, especially during a flight!

Travel tends to go by faster if you’re not simply sitting there thinking about how slowly time is going by. Bring a diversion. Read a book, watch a movie, catch up on your favorite shows, keep trying to beat that impossible level in Candy Crush (you can do it!), whatever it is that will keep you entertained for the duration of your trip…plan ahead and have it ready to go.

5. Use your Travel PAL lumbar support!
This should be a no-brainer. Travel PAL’s ergonomic design supports your spine to keep you comfortable, no matter how long you sit. There’s a reason it has been dubbed “Every traveler’s secret weapon against an uncomfortable seat!”

Lumbar support is the #1 most important factor in seat comfort…and car and airline seats are often built without it. So bring your Travel PAL and be comfortable!

Travel Pal in the news!

Resolve to Have a Healthy Back in the New Year

Tips to protect your back and also ease back pain

BELTSVILLE, Md., Feb. 11, 2016Anthony Mazlish, CEO of Healthy Back provides tips to help those who suffer from back pain as well as those who want to proactively avoid back pain. Mazlish, who hurt his back jumping down from the back of a truck while moving during college, started the company in 1994 when he had trouble finding solutions to relieve his back pain. Now, he’s providing tips for back pain sufferers as well as those who lead active lifestyles and want to ensure that their backs stay healthy.

“For people who are active and have never had back pain, it’s difficult to realize the importance of proactively protecting their spine,” Mazlish said. “Once you’re hurt and you can’t do the things you love – like horseback riding – you realize how important it is to be proactive.”

While activity can injure your spine, so can sitting at a desk for long hours or even standing for long hours. Mazlish has tips to help with both:

1.  Alternate your activity

“When at home or in the office, if you’re sitting for long hours, be sure to get up and walk around. And if you’re standing for long hours, be sure to take periodic breaks to sit,” advised Mazlish.

Doing anything sedentary for a long period of time will put pressure on your spine and prohibit blood flow. Squats also provide an opportunity to take pressure off of your back and use your legs.

2.  Use foot stools

Grandma was right to have all those footstools around the house! Elevating your feet, even slightly, helps relieve stress on your lower back.

“It may sound extremely simple, but foot stools – ones that go under your desk, too – take a lot of pressure off of the spine,” said Mazlish.

3.  Refrain from heavy lifting

If you do have to lift something, bend your knees and try not to put all of the pressure on your spine.

“Lift gradually,” Mazlish said, “so that you don’t suddenly force something and pull muscles. Parents should be careful when lifting their children, too.”


4.  Support your back

“It’s important to support your back no matter where you’re sitting – in your truck, in a car, on a plane, etc.,” Mazlish stated.

Healthy Back has a variety of products including a great self-inflating portable back rest known as Travel PAL (Portable Air Lumbar). Travel PAL deflates to fit in a purse or briefcase, then self-inflates when needed. Riding supports can be helpful while you’re in the saddle.


5.  Check your posture

It’s easy to get into a slouched position, especially near the end of the day. While it may feel great at the time, you risk causing stress and fatigue on muscles and vertebrae. Check your posture periodically to make sure you are standing and sitting upright. If you are driving, change your hand position on the steering wheel occasionally and move your neck around. Also, make sure your car or truck seat is in the best possible position so that your knees are slightly bent.

“Watching your posture is essential to maintaining the health of your spine,” advised Mazlish.

6.  Stretch

Stretch your legs and your back as often as possible throughout the day. If you can, try bending over to touch your toes as a simple and effective stretch. You should try to stretch at least every 45 minutes to an hour when driving or during the day. Make sure you get out at least once a day and take a brisk walk.

Healthy Back carries a variety of inversion tables and Zero Gravity Recliners that help you reverse the pressure on your spine and stretch it out. Inversion tables allow you to lock in your feet and then flip the table upside down so your compressed spine can stretch out.

“Just 10-15 minutes a week on an inversion table will go a long way to maintaining a healthy spine,” said Mazlish.

Zero Gravity Recliners such as the Svago work equally well at reducing pressure on the spine. These recliners are ideal for people who are not able to do inversion therapy. The Svago, with its innovative design, is also a stylish addition to any home.


7.  Carry hot and cold packs during travel

“Travel is tough on everyone, but it can be impossible for people with back pain,” said Mazlish.

Flying is particularly hard on your spine, especially if it is a long flight. Be sure to stretch as much as you can on the plane – do plenty of foot circles and stand up at least every 45 minutes and bend to touch your toes – but it’s hard to do much else on a plane.

If your back does begin to hurt, applying hot and cold packs can bring relief. You can bring a plastic bag or ice bag with you and ask the flight attendant to fill it with ice, or you can purchase the latest cold packs that don’t require any refrigeration or freezing. You can also bring hot wraps that are activated when opened. For long international flights or extremely long drives, it is smart to pack these and have them readily available the minute your back begins to feel tight.


8.  Take advantage of massage

Massage is extremely important for anyone with sore or tight muscles. It not only improves stressed and aching muscles, it also greatly improves circulation and proactively protects muscle tissue. If you’re flying to your destination, many large airports have booths for seated massage. This is a beneficial way to kill time between flights and proactively ensure your back stays healthy. If you’re driving and your destination hotel has a spa, you can ease your sore back muscles with massage therapy.

For your massage needs at home, Healthy Back carries a variety of massage chairs that provide the luxury of an in-house masseuse. Modern massage chair technology provides massages that literally reach from head to foot.

“If you suffer from back pain, a massage chair is a must,” Mazlish stated.

9.  Exercise

If you’re not suffering from back pain, get to the gym. Cross-training will help strengthen back muscles, increase circulation, improve cardio and will have a positive impact on your overall health. If you do have back pain, a physical therapist can provide exercises that will strengthen your back without further injury.

10.  Be cautious about jumping down or other quick exertion

“Don’t do what I did,” cautions Mazlish, who jumped down off of a truck and injured his back. “If you need to get down from something, carefully ease yourself off of it.”

Jumping can lead to overexertion and stress on the spine, which can cause a major injury and/or chronic pain. The key to avoiding back pain is to think before you make any quick movement that can lead to strain or worse.

11.  Find a good mattress

Healthy Back carries a variety of top mattresses that are designed to eliminate back pain and protect the spine.

“Few people realize the damage a bad mattress can have on your spine, your sleep and your health,” said Mazlish.