Back Pain Relief Travel Tips
Do you ever experience back pain when driving your car or when travelling?
If you do, this blog post is for you. Read on as we discuss back pain, from a chiropractic point of view. Learn 7 tips on how you can minimise pain and discomfort when travelling.
Many people complain to their Doctor that they have intermittent bouts of back pain. Others may complain about persistent backache problems. These can prevent them from doing their job or just living a normal life.
Both temporary and chronic back pain (https://www.spine-health.com/conditions/chronic-pain/types-back-pain-acute-pain-chronic-pain-and-neuropathic-pain) can have the same, or different causes.
But what those patients are really doing at the Doctor’s office is trying to get some relief from their back pain.
Most people don’t consider back pain to be a ‘back injury’. Unless… if it’s caused by a tumble down the stairs, or from lifting something too heavy, or a sports-related injury.
However, some back injuries aren’t caused by something as dramatic as those examples above. These may be the result of something innocuous. Yet they can be very debilitating for the patient.
Surprise! Surprise! The two of the most common causes of non-emergency room back pain are poor posture and repetitive movements.
Chiropractors find that most back complaints are a result of poor posture and from long periods of sitting. People like assembly-line workers are likely candidates of back complaints as they make many repetitive movements every day.
Many factors can combine to cause back pain while driving or travelling long distances.
These include being a passenger in a jet or a train. As such you will be subject to vibration, forward tilted hips, slouching, long periods of inactivity and sitting in a cramped or uncomfortable position.
7 Useful Tips that Help Minimise Back Pain
Men especially, are inclined to carry their wallets in their back pockets. Wallets, phones and other items can cause bad posture if sat-on, especially while driving on long trips. These can throw your spine and hips out of alignment.
Stiffness or A Lack of Suppleness
Take a minute to stretch your lower back, hips and thighs before embarking on a long drive or flight.
Lower Back Support Sitting Position
Adjust the seat to the best possible position for you. If your seat offers you lower back (lumbar) support you’re in luck! If it doesn’t, obtain a thin cushion or small, tightly-rolled towel to support your lower back. Placing the cushion or rolled towel in a different position every couple of hours helps too.
Correct Movements for Getting Into A Car
If you are experiencing severe lower back pain, back-in to the seat with your feet remaining on the ground – and once sitting, then swing both legs into the car in one smooth movement.
What to do when sitting for long periods
When sitting for long periods, give your back a break every 2 hours. Get up, walk around a bit, take a few deep breaths and stretch. Your back will thank you and you will thank you!
Do This When Driving During Long automobile trips
On long automobile trips, use the cruise control. Having the ability to move your right leg into different positions can be a real back saver on a long trip.
Chiropractors are spinal health professionals and treatments are designed to help those who suffer from back pain.
If driving a car causes you back pain, it may be a sign that you should visit your Chiropractor. He can advise you on posture, ergonomics, fitness, exercises and much more.
Dr. Paul Calladine (Chiropractor)