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Cars and Back Pain: Are These Actually Linked?

By Genevieve Cunningham

Cars are a way of life in Houston. Though public transportation is ready and available, most Texans own cars. The Houston area is huge, and most people have to commute to work -- suffering the endless traffic on their way. For the most part, we simply get used to commuting as a way of life. We get used to life in our cars. But sometimes we become so used to it, we ignore some glaring signs that our bodies need a break. The most common complaint? Back pain! If you've been suffering back pain and you also spend a lot of time in a car, take a look at how they might be linked and what you can do to feel better. 

Car Time and Back Pain

One contributing factor to back pain is the amount of time spent in the car. If you have a long commute, you're more likely to suffer from pain. If your commute is shorter, you may escape this side effect. Luckily, no matter how much time you spend in the car, there are some things you can do to minimize the effects.

Solutions for Pain Relief

If you're looking for solutions to car-related back pain, these options might be good places to begin:

  • Limit car time - Sometimes it's not possible to spend less time in your vehicle. But if you can, cut back on car time. Consolidate trips, make frequent stops, and don't live your life in your car. 

  • Stretch and move - One of the best ways to fight pain is to keep your body moving. If you need to stop and stretch or move, do it. Find some stopping points on your way and make it a part of your routine. You might be surprised at the difference this makes in the way your body feels.

  • Chiropractic care - Chiropractic care is one of the best things that you can do for your back. Chiropractors remove joint restrictions, which then reduces pain and restores mobility and function. Along with removing back pain, they may be able to give you some tips for maintaining better back health despite the constant driving. If long-term health and lasting pain relief is the goal, chiropractic care is definitely a good choice. 

If you would like to try chiropractic care to ease the pain of excessive car time, visit with chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic. At The Joint, getting care is easier than ever before. Just use their walk-in visits and affordable pricing to get the care you need without the extra stress. Chiropractic care is a great way to care for your back and release pain. Improve the pain, your commute, your health, and your life with a quick stop at The Joint Chiropractic today.

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

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