Ann Hall, an Ergonomist with Ergo Squad suggests that there are several things you can do do alleviate travel pain. An example:
1. If you are uncomfortable or in pain, take a break. Actually, take a break anyway.
Instead of waiting until you are so uncomfortable you can’t stand it anymore OR until you have crossed that line into the area of pain, take a break. Small breaks give your body a chance to recover. As reasonable as this sounds, many of us simply choose to ignore our body.
We don’t have time to listen to our body, or do we? Research shows that those who take more micro breaks, end up being more productive. Small breaks help us recover both mentally and physically.
If you are working in less than ideal conditions (lighting, awkward postures, repetition …) like on the road, you probably need more breaks than usual. Once you start to feel antsy or start feeling discomfort, your body is telling you that it needs a break. Ideally you would get ahead of fatigue and discomfort by taking breaks before this ever happens.
Here are some examples of breaks that can help you on the road:
1) Close your eyes for 30 seconds to a minute. Just give yourself a break from staring at the screen.
2) Put your hands on the top of your thighs and just let them rest there for a minute or two.
3) If you are holding a device and working, make sure you put it down and allow your body to just rest in a nice neutral posture.
4) Take the opportunity to stand up and move around a bit at least every hour.
How often should you do this? Well, that depends on your level of discomfort and the intensity and duration of your work, but I think a good rule of thumb is: take a small break of 1-3 minutes every 20-30 minutes. At a minimum try to take one break that is 3-5 minutes long every hour. Adjust this to fit your preference and work style.