How To Alleviate Back Pain During Long Commutes
You may sit it in it five days a week; San Francisco Bay Area rush hour! It is aggravating sitting hunched over our steering wheels – and what makes it worse, is when the pain sets in! But don’t panic. Drs. Scott Levin, Jason Miller and Corey Todhunter of Posture Works have simple ways to alleviate the aches while on the road.
Out of Gear
After long stretches of sitting idly, we may find that our backs begin to ache and our necks start to feel heavy, putting more pressure on our spines. The longer this is our routine, the more our muscles weaken and the chronic back pain sets in.
Make Yourself Comfortable
When your health deteriorates, other things begin to suffer as a result. When you go to sit in your car, remove everything from your pockets that may affect your posture. Even the thinnest wallet, or item in your back pocket can leave your spine off-center. Another way to maintain good posture is to move as close to the steering wheel as possible to limit the amount you are reaching forward, which places more stress on your lumbar spine, neck, shoulder and wrists.
Bring An Ice Pack
If you pack your lunch for work toss an extra ice pack into your lunch bag. Ice packs are great for back pain because most back pain stems from inflammation. To soothe your screaming back muscles, cold compresses will instantly calm and relieve back pain symptoms. If you are unable to store and transport ice, you could also invest in a gel pillow that molds to your back and cushions your muscles. This will ease pain while you sit restlessly in traffic.
Take A Stretch Break
When you get to work after driving through mass amount of traffic, stretch your legs and backs muscles while you walk into the office. Take the stairs, stretch while you chat to coworkers at the coffee machine and stand for the first half hour of work in order to give your back a rest before you sit at your desk for 8 hours.
If you experience back pain sitting for long periods of time, driving can be uncomfortable and at times, excruciating. Our team at PostureWorks, who are certified in the highly specialized practice of Chiropractic BioPhysics (CPB), offer 3 tips for alleviating back pain during long commutes. CPB is a unique, non-invasive chiropractic technique that corrects and restores your back to alignment. Unlike regular chiropractic care that mainly focus on immediate pain relief, CPB goes one step further to also correct the source of the problem. Consider this treatment if your back pain is affecting your quality of life.
If you would like more information about our services and to schedule a free consultation with one of our CPB certified chiropractors, call us at 415-373-3897.