Massage is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain, and muscle tension. ROAM recently partnered with t spheres to give BWI travelers access to a compact self-massage tool that will fit in their carry-ons. These aromatherapy scented, rubber massage balls help target trigger points for a mini massage that you can do in your plane seat. For other ideas on how to use them check out a couple of their videos here.
According to the Mayo Clinic more research is needed to confirm additional benefits of massage but some studies have found it to be helpful for:
Immunity boost (increases white blood cell count)
Enhance exercise performance
Fibromyalgia pain relief
Tension headache relief
Lower-back pain management
Insomnia related to stress
Myofascial pain syndrome
Soft tissue strains and injuries
Lower blood pressure
Increase range of motion
BuzzFeed has a helpful article with GIFs that show you how target common aches and pains with self-massage.