• Melissa White, OTR/L, CES, FNS

Support Your Back When Driving

Do you spend a significant amount of time behind the wheel? Do you have a long commute followed by running your kids to school events? Or, do you have employees that complain of back pain because they sit in the car/truck for most of their day? Take a few simple actions to ensure safe, healthy driving habits.

Healthy Back Driving Habits

1. Adjust the seat. Take the time to adjust your seat to fit you. Adjust the height, the distance and the backrest angle. Some vehicles have an inflatable lumbar cushion to adjust for your comfort.

TIP: Lumbar supports are available to support your lower back. Watch this video for an easy modification using a towel, plus a simple stretch you can do in the vehicle.

2. Change your posture. Remember to move around in your seat to alleviate postural fatigue. Pull your belly button in towards your spine and maintain neutral posture. Now would also be a great time to review neutral posture for any application. Watch as Angie and I demonstrate:

3. Take breaks. Avoid back pain and fatigue by taking frequent breaks that allow you to stand, stretch and move around.

When you follow these three tips, you can prevent back pain caused by driving. If you have chronic lower back pain, please contact us to learn more about our rehabilitation services. In addition, please know that corporate injury prevention solutions are our specialty.

Please feel free to forward this message to someone you know who drives a lot for work or pleasure!

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