Many of us spend a significant amount in our cars commuting. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, it is estimated that the average time to work in the United States is slightly in excess of 25 minutes. Being stuck in traffic can cause significant stress and strain on the neck and cause pain and stiffness.
While we may not be able to avoid driving our cars, there are a few simple ways to minimize neck discomfort. Maintaining good posture, good head support and proper mirror positions are easy fixes that will go a long way to make your drive more comfortable. Additionally, a cervical stabilization program designed to strengthen the muscles of your neck and shoulder can help too.
Here are a few tips that may ease aches while driving:
Start with good driving posture
Make sure your seat is adjusted to your specific height to sit comfortably and view the road clearly. The best angle for the back of your seat is at 100 degrees. Keep your hands on the 3 and 9 o’clock positions on the steering wheel
Support your lower back
If your car seat does not offer lumbar support, place a small pillow against the bottom part of your seat back. This maintains the right shape from your tailbone to your neck.
Adjust your mirrors
Move your mirrors to give yourself the widest field of vision to minimize head movement or neck strain
Take a break
If you start feeling aches or pains, feel free to pull off at a stop to stretch and walk off any kinks
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