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The Commuter and Back Pain: Make It Stop!

By Genevieve Cunningham

Commuting, for most people, is a way of life … especially in the great state of Texas. While Houston definitely offers some decent public transportation, most people still get around by car. While this might not seem like a big deal (besides the headache of Houston traffic), long commutes can actually cause poor back health followed by pain. If you would like to rid your life of commuter-related back pain, check out these tips for managing the discomfort.

Why Commuting Causes Pain

Commuting, whether done in a personal car or on a train or bus, can cause any person to be stuck in the same position for hours a day. And for most people, this means being slouched over, shoulders slumped forward, and neck awkwardly bent. This can often cause pain in the lower back, neck, and sometimes even in the hips. The combination of poor posture combined with the inability to stretch it out during the commute makes for quite a bit of discomfort for most people.

Simple Solutions for Beating the Pain

If you want to reduce commuter pain, take a look at some of these helpful tips:

  • Improve Posture - If you can, paying special attention to your posture while you’re in the car can make a big difference. Sit upright, with a pillow or other device behind the lower back, and relax the shoulders. This might take some serious self discipline, as most posture is done without any conscious thought from us at all.

  • Switch Up Your Ride - It might also help if you can change vehicles from time to time. Drive yourself one day, ride with a co-worker the next, and then take the bus. Each vehicle encourages a different posture, which may help spread out the pain.

  • Add Chiropractic Care to the Routine - No matter what is causing pain in the back or neck, chiropractic care is a great choice for reducing pain and improving health. Chiropractors can help to reduce restrictions found in the spine (which may be caused by long commutes). As the restrictions are removed, so too is the pain. If there is only one improvement to be made, chiropractic care is the perfect choice.

If you need chiropractic care in your life, check out The Joint Chiropractic. At The Joint, getting care is easier than ever before. Instead of high prices and tight schedules, just use their walk-in visits and affordable pricing to your advantage. Commutes are a part of life in Houston, but getting care may help make life and travel just a bit easier. Get your health moving down the right road starting with a quick stop at The Joint today.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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