If driving is a big part of your life, you need to know how to practice good ergonomics. The American Chiropractic Association warns us that extended periods of driving can be a tough task for the body.
If you are a daily driver with a long commute, a sales rep who covers many miles every week, or a delivery driver who spends every day in a truck, you know what extended driving can do to you mentally and physically. The good news is there are several things you can do to lessen the risk of injury.
Tips for Driving
Vary your seat position slightly every 30 to 60 minutes to vary the stress on your body.
Change hand position on the steering wheel often. Do not squeeze harder than necessary.
Use a steering wheel cover to protect your hands from a cold wheel.
Use a gel seat cushion if the vehicle vibrates too much.
Adjust the Seat
Knees should not be higher than the hips.
The front of the seat should not contact the back of the knee. Such contact will cause drivers to slide forward into a rounded posture.
You should be able to depress pedals all the way without twisting the back or moving away from the seat.
If possible, adjust the lumbar area of the seat to provide gentle support. A towel or lumbar roll may be added to support the low back, if needed.
Slightly recline the back so the angle between the back and legs is approximately 110 degrees. Shift the body often, but stay close to this position.
Position the steering wheel to keep elbows as close to the sides as possible, minimizing reach.
Be sure instrumentation is easy to see.
Adjust mirrors so you can see them without slouching or twisting. Use the mirrors as a cue to sit up when you slouch, instead of readjusting them.
Over time after a lot of miles, If you find yourself dealing with low back, neck pain or stiff sore joints, see your doctor and your chiropractor for assistance.
Visiting Your Chiropractor
Chiropractors are the highest-rated healthcare practitioners with a patient-centered, whole-person approach. The chiropractor will review your medical history and ask about your daily work schedule and pain that you may be having.
They believe wellness and routine chiropractic care should be as basic to our lives as healthy diets and daily exercise.
They offer the purest form of chiropractic care, providing full spinal adjustments using the diversified technique to check for subluxations, which are misalignments of the spine.
Subluxations are misalignments of one or more vertebrae in the spine and/or joints. When the misalignment is corrected it may have far reaching effects on back, neck and sciatica pain.
As a wellness clinic the chiropractic focus is on daily stresses, aches and pain without use of medications or surgery.
If this direct focus on wellness sounds just as great to you as it does to majority of the people in the U.S., make an appointment and find out how it could work for you.
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