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How to Get Rid of Driving related Back, Neck, Shoulder pain

Updated on August 2, 2010

Any Average Driving guy suffers from pain related to the back, neck or shoulders, And if you are the guy who spends a considerable amount of time driving you probable are or run a high risk if suffering from it in the future. It is really a matter of choice if you would like to embrace a aching or a healthy back. Most of the time poor driving posture is the cause of pain in the back, neck and shoulders. So to pain proof your daily drive read on…

Ditch that fat wallet – If you have a fat wallet in the back pocket while you drive it a good idea to take it out and keep on the dash board or in glove compartment because it raises one hip higher then the other twisting your spine and straining you back all the while you drive and cause a back ache.

Remove blind spot – Lesser blind spots equals to lesser pain in your back and neck because you will have to crane your neck less. Set your rear view mirror as you would normally do. Then tilt up so you sit straight up. Lean our head against the driver’s window then set your right mirror so you can see the corner of the car. Lean left to do the left mirror.

Close the Window – Now this is a very tinny thing but very often we do not pay much attention to it but it’s a very important factor. Either you open the window or close it completely leaving it open just a wee bit sends a breeze over your neck which causes the stiffness in the muscles and causing pain in the neck later in day.

Back support – Get your self a good back support for your seat. It will go a long way in keeping your back healthy as it maintains the natural curve of your spine also you can tilt your seat slightly to take the pressure off your back preventing any problems of the spine.

Armrests – If your windowsill or armrest is not comfortable don’t use them. Your back is just like a long spring if bend at the top you apply force to the whole spine, so avoid that.

Rule of the Thumb – Now very important always keep your thumbs on the rim of the steering wheel. Hanging them over the spokes can lead to damage or sore tendons.

Follow these few things while you drive and would never have to worry about you back again.


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      Shoulder Pain Coach Rick 7 years ago

      I love your tips! They are very practical and easy to do so why not everyone follow them?

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      terixf 7 years ago from USA

      Good information on something that we can all relate to.