I think it is safe to say that the vast majority of us depend on our cars for quite a lot these days. People who drive a lot (this definitely includes me!) need to know how to make sure they are staying healthy, and taking care of their backs and spines while driving in the car. Whether you have a long commute to and from your workplace every day for five days a week, or you take frequent trips and long drives in your car, you will want to make sure that you are doing everything you can in order to make sure that your spine is truly in tip top shape, no matter how many miles you travel.
I read about some really great tips on how to protect your back health while driving in a car in an article by How Stuff Works, and I am glad to share what I learned in the article here with you.
First, you will want to make sure that your seat is adjusted in a way that is good for the health and position of your spine. Make sure that your seat is as close to the steering wheel as you can comfortably be. Hopefully you can also adjust the back of the seat to a position that provides optimal lumbar support, but if your car does not have that feature, you can make do with a small pillow or even a rolled up towel that is placed between your lower back and the seat behind you. As for getting in and out of your car, many people, especially those who deal with chronic back pain, find that grabbing the top of the door frame with their left arm as they step into or out of the car really helps to prevent strain on the back as they exit the vehicle. It also helps to stick with a rotating movement while sitting down on the seat, so that the whole spine is moving together rather than in separate divisions.
If you know that you will be embarking on a pretty long car ride, you will want to make sure that you schedule enough time to take frequent breaks along the road. Getting out to stretch your joints and your spine at least every hour or two, depending on how far you are traveling, is a great way to keep the back from becoming stiff or sore. Feel free to ask a chiropractor at The Joint clinics for further advice on how to better take care of your spine.
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