How to avoid back ache from driving

Many suffer from back pain during or after a period of driving. The most common reason is due to a prolonged stationary position where extra stress is being placed on your spine. The human body isn’t designed to sit for long periods so try following these simple steps to avoid back pain:

Make Adjustments - the back of the seat should be set backwards so that your elbows are at a comfortable and relaxed position.

Alignment - avoid having anything in your back pocket as this can throw your spine and pelvis out of alignment and place stress on certain joints of your spine.

Lumbar Support - your spine has natural curves which should be complimented by a lumbar support. If your vehicle doesn’t have one, try using a rolled up towel to rest comfortably just above your bottom.

Move - your spine is designed to move and sitting in the same position will stiffen up your back muscles and result in back ache. Try not to sit for longer than two hours at a time and schedule breaks for long journeys.

Clench your cheeks - try simple exercises if stuck in traffic. Buttock clenches and shoulder shrugs will help keep your spine active even when sat in a car for prolonged periods of time.

Although your body isn’t at its happiest when sat in a car for hours every day, these simple steps can go a long way in avoiding low back pain for those who have no choice but to spend hours driving every day.