In our last post our chiropractor at The Spine & Joint Centre in Ealing shared their back care advice for people who are flying away this summer. However, for many the road beckons. For some this may mean a relatively short run in the car for others it could mean many hours of driving.
Regardless of how many hours is involved, to keep you and your back safe it is important that you set up your driving position to support your body. Our chiropractors suggest you check an make the following adjustments:
Seat: Set the back of your seat to tilt slightly backwards so that you feel that the position is natural. Your elbows should be at a relaxed and comfortable angle for driving.
Steering Wheel: With your seat adjusted your hands, with a slight bend at the elbows, should fall onto the steering wheel. You may need to adjust the steering wheel up, down, in or out to achieve this.
Mirrors: Adjust the mirror positions so that you can see all around the car by moving your eyes with minimal movement of your head.
Before heading off give a final thought to your shoes. Avoid high heels, very thick soled shoes and shoes such as flip flops. All of these kinds of shoes can make driving more difficult and in some instances dangerous they can also create tension in your legs and feet.
Car journeys can be stressful which can cause us to tense out bodies. Try and relax and allow the seat to take your weight.
Take regular breaks which will allow you to get out of the car and move around. It’s a great opportunity to do a few simple stretches as well. Of course taking regular breaks is important from a safety point of view as it can help prevent drowsiness.
Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
And finally allow plenty of time for your journey.
Wherever you are travelling to our chiropractors wish you a safe and happy journey.
You may like to watch this video produced by the British Chiropractic Association which will walk you through advice to take care of your back whilst driving.