The Many Health Risks of a Long Commute

Have you ever wondered what your daily commute to work is doing to your body?  I’ve often wondered if sitting in traffic for hours is bad for mental focus and productivity once I get to work. Well it certainly can be.  Sitting in traffic for more than 30 minutes can be bad for our posture, our mental and physical health.

Anxiety

I’m sure you've been in a situation in which there is so much traffic on the road that you get anxious; you're going so slow and feel you might be late to work. When you finally arrive to  your job site, you're frazzled and nervous. This is no fun to say the least and can set a negative tone for our entire day.  It can be helpful to listen to a book on tape, or your favorite mix CD to pass the time in a positive way. You can also shift your perception and consider traffic as a time for yourself to slow down and wake up before work.

Elevated Blood Pressure

When you're all stressed out and nervous your blood pressure will go up. If traffic seems unbearable, try to leave your home earlier even if this means you get to the office early. You can use that time to get some work done or finish up personal tasks.  

Aches And Pains

If you’re slouched over in your car for a while, you can get lower back and neck pain. It can be helpful to roll up a towel and place it behind your lower back while you're driving. If your neck is hurting, do slow head roles in both directions.  Visiting a chiropractor regularly can help improve your posture and get rid of chronic aches and pains from driving for long periods of time.

Depression

It was found that people who commute at least 10 miles each way are more likely to have anxiety, depression, and to be more socially isolated. Try switching up your routes if you can so you don’t feel as stagnant.  

Try Chiropractic Care For All of These Issues

Regular chiropractic care not only helps with proper posture, circulation and the feelings of depression and anxiety, but regular check ups, and trips to a doctor of chiropractic can help you to maintain a healthy spine, as well as immune system, which in turn can help you to be healthier, happier and stronger. Here at The Joint, we have knowledgeable staff and doctors on hand to assist you in maintaining optimal health, with no appointments necessary, we are here to help whenever your busy schedule allows.


Remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.

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