Let’s talk about drivers. Truck drivers, couriers, commuters and more. Anyone who spends a significant portion of time driving in a vehicle knows that it can cause problems for your body. You don’t need to wait till an accident happens for you to benefit from chiropractic.
If you look at a car seat particularly the driver’s seat you will notice that the seat has been designed to fit a spine, with curves in all the right places. That design is a great idea with many flaws. First of all we are all different sizes and shapes, and many of us do not fit that seat’s design. Secondly even if we did match the design, most of us don’t sit in the chair properly to take advantage of it’s ergonomic design.
Our bodies are not designed to be stationary. We are designed to move. Movement improves circulation and overall health. Sitting in a car for an extended period of time is uncomfortable, and doing it repetitively (every day) can lead to improper posture, weak or at risk joints, muscles and ligaments.
There are things you can do to reduce your risk. Sit back in your seat, and prop it upright so you aren’t slouching. Use a towel or other support device to fit your seat to you if you don’t fit it. Adjust your headrest properly. Plan stops into your travel so that you can get out and stretch. When it is safe to do so move the parts of your body that you can, don’t keep them in the same position for longer than is necessary. As always, eat right get a good nights sleep and exercise. Your body will heal it’s self and protect it’s self if you give it what it needs.
The most common complaints of drivers are by far low back issues, but shoulder and neck issues are high on the list as well due to the unmoving positions that are required for driving safely. If you drive, and have any of these, or other aches and pains, contact your chiropractor for help.