I often find as an experienced osteopath in London that many of my patients are surprised to find out that driving is a contributory factor to their back pain.
Many of us will be travelling over the Christmas period to visit family and friends and I thought it would be a good time to remind drivers of a few simple tips to help keep their back safe this Christmas.
After all, prevention is better than cure!
- Adjust your seat: The seat should be reasonably upright and positioned so that when you are holding the steering wheel your arms should be bent at the elbow. Check your posture from time to time to make sure you are not hunching forward over the steering wheel.
- Adjust your headrest: The centre of the headrest rest should be level with your eyes.
- Relax: Driving, especially in traffic, can be stressful so when you are stationary do some shoulder shrugs and breathing to relax. While breathing in lift your shoulders towards your ears and breathe out when lowering them back down.
If you are suffering back pain or discomfort and would like further information on how I may help you or to book an Osteopathy appointment at one of my osteopathy clinics in London please feel free to send me a message or call me on 020 8815 0979.