Besides the annoying drivers slamming their brakes every minute and the occasional ?Rubber Neckers?, a daily commute can literally be a pain in the butt. Prolonged sitting without positional changes can cause irritation and stress in the lumbar spine, making sitting uncomfortable. Sitting leads to higher pressures between the discs of the vertebrae compared to standing, as well as pressure on the tissues of the back such as the ligaments, extensor muscles, and cartilage. The average person spends at least an hour commuting back and forth to work. The question is, how can you make your commute pain free?
Are you that person with a big wallet in your back pocket all the time? Sitting on a wallet can cause an imbalance in your pelvic leveling, a potential cause of low back pain. Extended sitting on a wallet can also compress your piriformis muscle increasing pressure on the sciatic nerve. It?s quite simple, leave the wallet in your bag or keep it in your front pocket while driving.
If you are going to spend an hour driving you want to be comfortable, right? Most cars are equipped with multi-contour seat adjustments to help support your spine, take advantage of it. Take the extra minute to tailor the appropriate seat adjustment to your height and leg length. NASCAR drivers use this rule of thumb for proper positioning: the wrist crease should extend over the steering wheel when the arm is outstretched forward.
Headrests are for your neck support, so make sure they are high enough to support the back of your head. Tucking your chin in and pushing your head back against the headrest with a 10 sec hold for a minute can help strengthen your deep neck flexors, which will potentially help prevent neck pain.
Drive safe, stay alert, and if you are experiencing any neck and low back pain exacerbated with driving, contact any of the doctors at Sport and Spine Rehab. We will give you tips and advice to make your commute a fun experience.
Dr. Hayford Anane, DC
Associate Doctor of Chiropractic
Dr. Anane is an Associate Doctor of Chiropractic at ?our Sport and Spine of Mclean location.
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