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How to Manage Pain in Your Car

By Sara Butler

Americans love their cars and spend quite a bit of time in them. Whether it’s for a daily commute or just for fun, back pain can strike you in the car at any time. Here are some practical, chiropractor-approved ways to keep back pain away when you’re putting the rubber to the road.

The Long Haul

It doesn’t matter how much time you’re going to be in the car, you still should remember that sitting in one position for too long is bad for your back. If you experience back pain already, then it can make it much worse. You can’t avoid driving forever, but you can make your journey easier with a few tips.

Support Your Lower Back

One of the most important things you can do is use a lumbar support. You don’t have to drop a lot of dough to get the kind of support you need; all you need is a rolled-up towel or shirt. If you want to invest some cash, then you can buy a cushioned support made just for the job. All you need to be sure of is that it’s placed in the right position -- at about the level you wear a belt.

Position Your Seat Correctly

You should endeavor to get as close to the steering wheel as you can comfortably. When you’re close, it will prevent you from hunching your shoulders and slouching in order to reach, and it will also keep you from straining to reach the pedals.

It will also pay to angle your seat correctly. Your seat should be at a 100-degree angle, give or take 10 degrees.

Cruise

If your care has a cruise control function and you can use it safely, then do it! This way you can put both your feet on the floor to help distribute your weight and take the pressure off the leg not pushing on the pedal.

Stretched Out

If you’re on a long ride, then you should stop every half hour or so to stretch. Get out of the car and walk around a bit, lightly stretching your neck, chest, arms, and shoulders. If you’ve got an ice pack, then you may want to apply it to any sore places. You can alternate with heat if you’ve got a heated seat!

Use these tips to better manage back pain when you’re on the road. You should discuss any questions you have with your chiropractor!

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