Worried about that constant back-ache while driving? Here are some driving posture tips that could help you reduce your pain and you can drive without back pain.
According to recent reports, 60 to 70% of car drivers in Japan frequently complain of back pain when driving. The traffic in majority of the cities causes the car drivers to spend long hours behind the wheel giving raise to one or more back issues. Excessive lower back pain might result in serious issues like Slip Disc, Reduced Endurance to Stand and Paralysis in some rare cases. Hence, to mitigate the issues at the root, we must take to prevent back pain while driving.
Effective ways to help drivers to alleviate back pain
Here are some of the ways you can prevent back pain while driving:
Ensure that your car seat is in the correct position
Your car seat is likely to have changed alignment over a period. Thus, one of the first things to keep in mind is to make sure that your car seat is set up.
For example, some of the things that you can keep in mind are:
The angle between the back of your seat and the base of your seat. It should roughly be between 110-130 degrees. This will prevent slumping or reaching forward too much.
Setting up the car seat can prevent more than 50% of the injuries to the back ensuring a smooth ride.
Stretch as often as you can
Sitting in the car for long hours can cause your muscles to go numb. To avoid continuous straining of your muscles, you can do some stretches while you are waiting out the traffic in your car. There are several stretching techniques available for practicing while sitting.
Stretches will help loosen the muscles thereby giving you more flexibility to drive.
Keep an ice/hot pack handy in your car
Always keep an ice pack or a hot pack in your car depending on whatever suits you. Acute injuries need an ice pack. Chronic injuries need hot packs. Yet, there is no hard and fast rule about what you need to use in your car. You can use either of these packs by keeping them behind your back on your driver’s seat. They help relax the muscles thereby releasing the stress in your back.
Give yourself enough breaks
Long distance driving can be a challenge if you have a severe back pain. It could be anything between a water break to a washroom break. Make sure that you take a break for 15-20 minutes and stretch your legs to avoid any back injuries.
Exercise your back muscles regularly
One of the best things that could help you maintain a good back health is regular exercise. Exercising your back will provide longevity to your back and help you drive smoother. There are many online exercises available for help.