Travel Tips to Reduce Back Pain

Let’s make your next car trip as comfortable as possible.

Travel Tips, shared by a chiropractor.

If you’ve ever driven long distances you’ll know it can be tricky to manage back pain for all of that time, even if you feel as though you are living with good habits. If you’re looking to keep potential pain points to a minimum, here are 7 great tricks to help minimise back pain next time you get into the driver’s seat. You’ll find that they will help, even if it only seems like it is in a small way. That’s all it takes!

  1. Empty your pockets: Regardless of your gender, we often like to put our phones in our back pockets so that they are easily accessible, even when driving. In order to save your back, it’s recommended that you empty your pockets before you get into your car. This way your spine will be straight and even, and you’ll be able to give your back a chance as far as building up its resistance to pain. This is a great first step to consider.
  2. Stretch before you get into the car: With a long ride, you’re going to want to make sure that you stretch before you get into the car. This will help you make sure that you get the blood pumping and all of the joints warmed up, which is great for your back when you actually get into the car. It’s good for a lot of other reasons too, actually.
  3. Make sure the seat supports you where you need it: A lot of people make the mistake of just leaving the seat where it is, but if you take the time to adjust it to actually fit you, you’ll find that your pain will be much reduced. Make the seat support you in any way that it can and your back will find relief and better health for it. It’s also important for enhanced safety, too.
  4. Take frequent breaks: When driving a long distance, try to make sure that you take a break at least every 2 hours if not more often. This will help you to make sure that you stay in good physical shape and will allow your back to re-align and stretch as it needs to in order to give you the right kind of support.
  5. Use cruise control: Using cruise control will help your leg rest and give it time to recover from being extended. This is great for your comfort and it will also have positive repercussions on your back as well, giving you more control over the overall health of your back itself when driving. Little breaks like the are commended especially on the longer drives where you’ll feel the fatigue more.
  6. Little adjustments help: Whether it’s a rolled up towel, a pillow or anything else, try to have an additional support system that is going to promise a comfortable experience. The key is to make sure that you switch it up accordingly and remember that this, like breaks, will help you at the end of the drive when your back is going to hurt or not. The severity will also be minimised, which is another benefit.
  7. Don’t underestimate the importance of getting in and out of the car properly: This is not something a lot of people know about, but it’s linked to a better experience. If you swing yourself in and out of the car however you want, you’re going to have more back pain. Make sure you help yourself out by focusing on the idea of getting in an out by swivelling in the chair and planting your feet firmly on the ground/floor of the car. How you get in and out of the vehicle can help swing the pain-free odds in your favour.

If you are someone who spends a lot of time on the road, there is no such thing as the perfect trip, but these tips will really help you out. If you want your back to survive, follow these tips and allow them to give you better health in more ways than one.

Article by Dr. Paul Calladine.

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