March 14, 2014
New Study from Wahl Confirms Traveling is Indeed a Pain
STERLING, ILL. (March 14, 2014) – More than one-third of Americans will be hitting the road or sky for a long distance trip this spring. And though the destination might be easy and breezy, odds are the journey getting there won’t be. A new study from Wahl Therapeutic Massagers shows that physical aches and soreness are a real threat to travelers of all ages. In fact, 92 percent of adults 18 years of age and older experience physical pain while traveling,
The study covered various modes of transportation: airplane, train, bus and personal vehicle. Across all four modes of transport, the three types of pain travelers experience most often are back (54 percent), leg (39 percent) and neck (21 percent). As for the most painful modes of traveling, four in five people cite air and bus travel as the most pain inducing.
While aches and pains are often associated with older age, the study revealed that those in their late teens and early 20s are just as likely to experience pain while traveling as those 65-plus (72 percent). In fact, those 18-24 are twice as likely to find traveling a pain in the neck as adults aged 25 and older.
“Traveling long distances can put a lot of stress on muscles and joints, especially when cramped or left inactive for long periods of time,” said Jenny McLaughlin, product manager for Wahl Therapeutic Massagers. “The good news for travelers is that simple techniques such as massage therapy before and after the trip can help alleviate muscle tension by increasing blood flow. It can also reduce swelling for those who may have overdone it running to catch a flight.”
To help those on the go keep going, Wahl offers a complete line of massage therapy products, including the compact and travel-ready Flex Therapy Massager. This hand-held massager is cordless for convenience yet delivers the necessary power to help travelers get back on their feet. The flexible neck conforms to all areas of the body to target specific pain points for quick and effective relief. It features more than two hours of run time on one charge. The Wahl Flex Therapy is available through Amazon and CVS with a MSRP of $24.99.
“Experiencing pain while traveling can happen at any age,” said McLaughlin. “We take these findings to heart and are dedicated to continue developing solutions for people to manage pain, at home or on the road.”
Wahl Clipper Corporation is an international leader in the manufacturing of products for consumer personal care and animal grooming, as well as the professional beauty and barber salon trade. Headquartered in Sterling, Ill., Wahl employs some 2,000 people worldwide and serves 165 countries. For more about Wahl, please visit www.wahl.com.
About ORC International
ORC International, a leading global market research firm, conducted the survey on behalf of Wahl among a demographically representative U.S. sample of 1,000 adults 18 years of age and older. The survey was live February 18-20, 2014.