In today’s post, I want to share a quick tip with anyone that may be experiencing lower back pain while driving. Often, a lot of vehicles in today’s society are not ergonomically designed to fit an individual’s body. Some cars are designed too small where an individual can’t fit inside them (e.g., Six foot six person), or sometimes the seats just aren’t designed to promote proper posture, which is often the case. Normally, you’ll see a lot of car seats, was the driver seat is sunk in and sometimes not comfortable.
Now, the problem with car seats be somewhat sunk in, is that an individual will begin to adopt to that position and posture. And when an individual does this over a significant period (e.g., driving to work every day), they will start to mimic this posture in every day sitting or life. Ultimately, when an individual starts mimicking these poor postures from seated driving, many problems could arise such as forward head posture or constantly flexed thoracic spine (e.g., internally rotated shoulders). Hence, once our posture changes, we start to begin placing more compression and pressure onto our lower spine. Therefore, this may irritate an already nagging injury such as a disc bulge, or it may create future problems.
So, in this post, I’m going to recommend and explain one simple tip to you if you are someone that suffers from lower back pain while driving.
Invest in a back rest or cushion.
But it can really make the difference between helping promote better posture and alleviate some of the pressure placed onto the spine. Most back rests are designed to promote a more upright posture, which can often remind an individual to maintain an upright position. Also, these back rests will prevent an individual from sinking into a car seat, which will help you avoid that internally rotated shoulder posture. Moreover, if you’re someone that suffers from sciatica and sitting causing you significant pain…. then by investing into a back rest, we can potentially take some of the pressure off the spinal nerve.
For instance, if your someone that can only sit for 15 minutes without pain in your normal car seat while driving….. by investing into a back rest, you can potentially extend that time to maybe 20 minutes. The more ergonomically friendly the seat is, the more likely we can maintain proper posture and reduce the risks for pain associated with sitting. Ultimately, five minutes might not seem like a major difference but…… trust me, it is a big difference when you’re are consistently doing this over time. I know from my experience, when I had severe pain, investing into a back rest, was one of the best things that I did. It helped me drive every day to school, work and even on long road trips.
Overall, if your someone that may experience severe lower back pain while driving, investing into a back rest may be one little thing that could help you out! Everyone is different, and everyone may have a different experience with various back rests, so it’s important to find a good quality one as well. Note: These backrests aren’t typically that expensive, but if you’re low on cash, you could get a prescription from you’re doctor for a back rest. This may give you the back rest at a discounted price depending on your health care system and where you live. I’m speaking from Ontario, but everyone is still different.
Hopefully, this little tip helps anyone out with lower back pain 🙂