by Justin Phillips, D.C.
It is SUMMER TIME…….school is out, and a lot of people are preparing for vacation. If you are a vacation driver and not a flyer, it is very important that you take the necessary steps to prevent back pain while in the car. The last thing you want is to arrive at your destination, and your lower back pain is severe for the first 2 days. Here are some tips to make sure you are doing everything you can to feel better while………and after……….you make the long trip.
- First, move your seat all the way back, lower it to the floor, and recline it back 30-40 degrees
- Start by lifting the height until you can comfortably see the road and your knees are level with, not above, your hips.
- Next, scoot the seat forward until you can COMPLETELY press the pedals without pulling your back off the seat.
- Bring the back forward to about 100-110 degrees, this is basically just slightly past sitting straight up.
- Bring the headrest forward until you can rest you head on it without feeling like you are leaning backwards.
- Bring the wheel down and forward until you can reach it without extending your elbows or shoulders. This will reduce stress to your neck and upper back by letting your arms relax.
- For additional support, you can try a very basic lumbar mesh support. Follow the link below to see an example:
- Try to stop and take a quick break about every 2 hours. This might increase your travel time by 20 minutes but will make a big difference in your pain level and overall stiffness once you arrive.
- Guys……..take your wallet out of your back pocket!
All these tips are going to help you feel better while you’re driving, which will help you to drive safer, and arrive at your vacation relaxed and ready to have fun! And always remember…. “When it comes to your health, we’ve got your BACK”