We are a nation of increasing car use – but at what cost to our bodies? Tim Hutchful, a chiropractor from the British Chiropractic Association says:
There is almost twice as much pressure on your back when you are sitting incorrectly than there is if you stand up. Those most at risk are the people who not only spend long periods of time in the car, but also those who make infrequent short journeys in the car – because it can be compared to an unaccustomed form of exercise.
Follow these top tips and click here for a helpful sheet on the correct positioning for driving, courtesy of the British Chiropractic Association:
It is essential that you set your mirror positions to suit you before you drive off, especially if someone else has been using the car.
Loading and unloading
Changing a tyre
A relaxed driving position reduces stress on the spine, allowing your seat to take your weight.
Take regular breaks
The BCA advises that you should stop and stretch your legs (and arms!) at least every two hours, more often if possible. You should certainly stop more frequently if you are feeling any discomfort.
Clench your cheeks
If you are stuck in traffic, exercise in your seat. Try buttock clenches, side bends and shoulder shrugs and circles
Leave the tight clothes at home
They will restrict your movement.
It’s all in the timing
Allow plenty of time for journeys to avoid stress.
Reproduced with permission from the British Chiropractic Association.