For so many of us all over the country, the daily commute is just part of the routine. Some of the lucky ones are able to go green and take public transportation; however, those that aren’t so lucky and have to sit in gridlock for the first hour of their day may be hurting their health in a very significant way and not even realize it.
That long commute may seem harmless and boring, but depending on your posture, the alignment and angle of your car seat and the amount of time you spend in traffic, your health could be deteriorating with every minute you spend on the way to and from work.
All three of these factors are major contributors to back pain, and traveling back and forth in the improper fashion can lead to serious back problems for anyone that doesn’t address these issues with their chiropractor.
So, what do chiropractors suggest in order to avoid any back issues from your commute?
Making sure that the seat you sit in is right for your height, weight, and build is one of the most important things when looking at the seats of a car you purchase. If you feel that the seat you currently have is not sufficient in these things, there are specially designed ergonomic pillows designed for car drivers and long distances. Make sure your car seat is placed so that it helps to promote good posture, and negate back pain.
The rear portion of the car seat should be set slightly backwards so that it feels natural and not awkward, and be sure that you can sit in that position without needing to move or feel pain in any way. The elbows should be at a comfortable and relaxed 90 degree angle and the hands should fall naturally on the steering wheel with minimal bend to turn the wheel.
One of the other major factors contributing to back pain is the stress of driving back and forth in the first place. Reduce stress, especially brought on by traffic, and always allow ample time to travel to work so that you can be as stress-free as possible on the drive.
Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.
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