Chiropractic Tips for Delivery Drivers and Others
By Brandi Swieter
Delivery drivers spend a considerable amount of time delivering packages and other goods during the holidays. They often work extra long hours to ensure all deliveries get made in a timely fashion so gifts and other items make it to their destinations on time. Spending all that extra time in a vehicle can put major strain on the body, so following some chiropractic tips will help make sure the job doesn’t interfere with the overall health and wellness of the worker.
Avoid Slouching While Driving
Too many people slouch in their seats when they drive, especially if they’ve already been in the car a long time. This is dangerous for the back and will quickly allow pain to set in. It is far better to sit with the back supported and with proper posture to avoid this from happening. A lumbar support cushion kept in the vehicle or brought along for the longest shifts is the best solution. If there isn't one available, a rolled towel placed at the small of the back would work fine as well.
Stretch at Stop Lights
Some drivers travel a long time before getting to take a break. There may not be enough stops on the way to get out and stretch when needed. Instead of having to get out and stretch, drivers can at least do their best to stretch at stop lights. With the vehicle stopped for a moment, they can take time to rotate their shoulders, turn slightly in their seats to stretch their backs, and otherwise get in some movement so the body won’t be so stiff and sore. Just be sure to do so carefully.
It is ideal to stay hydrated no matter what job is being done. Professions such as delivery drivers need to drink plenty of water while on their long trips to ensure the body remains in ideal shape for the task. Not drinking enough water in the day mans the body will not be properly hydrated and risks being more susceptible to aches and pains setting in.
If any pain has set in from all the overtime put in this holiday season, it may be time to visit a chiropractor. Stop in at The Joint Chiropractic during its extended evening and weekend hours for a walk-in visit. Chiropractors will get the back and spine adjusted and pain reduced, if not eliminated. It may be the best thing you do all holiday season.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Alexandria, Va.