• How to Prevent Lower Back Pain While Driving

    How to Prevent Lower Back Pain While Driving

    Hello All!

    In today’s post, I want to share a quick tip with anyone that may be experiencing lower back pain while driving. Often times, a lot of vehicles in today’s society are not ergonomically designed to fit an individual’s body. Some cars are designed to small were 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, were the driver seat is really 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 of time (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 into a back rest or cushion. 

    Sounds simple?

    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 are able to 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 really 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 really 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! At the end of the day, everyone is different and everyone may have difference experience with various back rests, so it’s important to find a good quality one as well. Note: These back rests aren’t typically that expensive but if your 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 were you live. I’m speaking from Ontario but everyone is still different. 

    Hopefully this little tip helps anyone out with lower back pain 🙂

    Cheers,

    Remi

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  • Posted by Choe on December 5, 2016 at 3:48 am

    Dear sir,
    During work in a metal foundry, I experienced sharp back pain caused by slipped disc.
    For comfortable driving with free back pain,I developed unique back supporter with shoulder blade press.
    I like to introduce this device to US with your kind help.
    So please check my homepage(www.lazback.com) or visit Indiegogo Crowd Funding.
    (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/waist-crutch/x/15310697#/).
    Thanks for your attention and waiting for your response.
    Choe/LAXI Co.
    in Korea,Republic of

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    • Posted by remisovran on February 11, 2017 at 10:34 pm
      in reply to Choe

      – Choe

      Very interesting device you have designed and come up with. I’d be very curious to try out and I’m sure a lot of people may benefit from this kind of device. I’m not sure what kind of help you would need to help get this in the US, but we can talk more over email if you would like. My email is askcoach@remisovran.com

      – Remi

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