Chiropractic Tips for Big Rig Truck Drivers
By Sara Butler
Whether you’re a long-haul trucker or a local vending machine delivery person, driving a truck around all day is a profession that takes a real toll on your body -- and it’s a toll that’s far too easy to overlook. The good news is that with some practical advice from the chiropractors at The Joint, you can reduce the impact your profession has on you and lower your risk of injury.
A Few Driving Tips
When you get into your truck each day, you need to make sure to:
- Vary your seat position at least once an hour
- Change the position of your hands on the steering wheel often
- Try not to squeeze the steering wheel
- Utilize a cover on the steering wheel to keep your hands warm
- Use a seat cushion to help minimize vibrations from the truck
The adjustment of your seat is also a huge factor in helping you to avoid injury. You need to be sure that your seat is adjusted properly by ensuring:
- Your knees are not higher than your hips
- The back of your knees don’t hit the front of the seat
- You can reach the foot pedal comfortably
- You have proper lumbar support – use a rolled up towel or T-shirt if you must
- Your elbows are close to your sides while your hands are on the steering wheel
- Mirrors and instruments are easy to see
- Your body angle is at about 110 degrees
Chiropractic Care for Truck Drivers
You need to be on the lookout for problems associated with truck driving and be sure to mention them to your chiropractor. Symptoms you should be on the lookout for include:
- Back pain or achiness
- Pain in the wrists
- Pain in the shoulders
- Pain in the hips
- Pain in the neck
Your chiropractor can also help to evaluate your risk factors and help you alleviate the symptoms you may be experiencing through adjustments and dietary recommendations. They also want you to make sure you’re staying hydrated when you’re on the road since that’s essential to the health of your spine. Exercise is almost always recommended as well, and your chiropractor can help you find exercises that are right for your fitness level.
If you’re a truck driver or even someone who spends a lot of time in the car, you need to be proactive about your health. One of the best ways you can do that is to see a chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic regularly!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Marietta, Ga.