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Driving is a common cause of back pain as it creates significant stress to the neck and the upper and lower back. There are ways we can avoid back pain from cars, for example, if you’re a very tall person, some compact cars might prove to be uncomfortable on longer journeys . In addition, some seats may not offer as much lumbar support as others, so if you are prone to back pain behind the wheel, it is well worth spending time researching into which cars offer the best lumbar support.
Below, Trusted Dealers offers a guide to creating the most comfortable seating position for drivers.
Always adjust the car seat before you step into the car unless you know for sure it hasn’t been tampered with since you last drove it. A classic mistake made by drivers who share a car is failure to adjust the seat back their own settings. Instead, often drivers who are in a hurry will simply make do with the adjustments made – not only is this dangerous but it is also very bad for your back.
In order to adjust your seat properly to suit your own measurements, it is best to start by pushing the seat as far back as it goes and reclining the back by around 30-40 degrees. Sit on the seat and then you can make your adjustments:
There are further minor adjustments you can make to your seating position when on the road to ensure you don’t cause further stress to your body such as changing your grip on the steering wheel regularly and trying to keep your wrists straight while holding the wheel. In addition, make sure any objects in your back pockets are removed before you sit down to prevent your pelvis from twisting and causing stress to your back.
If you need to get anything heavy out of the boot following a car journey, allow yourself a few minutes out of the car to stretch your muscles before you start lifting things. And remember to always take frequent breaks when driving long journeys. Take a break every 2-3 hours and stretch, this is not only important for your back but also for your hands as holding a steering wheel for long periods of time can put added stress on them and can even contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome.