Well­ness Arti­cles

Bad Back Linked to Dri­ving Pos­ture

From the Octo­ber 10, 2003 BBC News comes a report that urges peo­ple to be aware of their pos­ture while dri­ving. Whether in Britain or in the United States, peo­ple spend much of their lives dri­ving. The arti­cle notes that poor pos­ture while dri­ving con­tributes to spinal prob­lems. Accord­ing to the British Chi­ro­prac­tic Asso­ci­a­tion, (BCA), 32,000 peo­ple each month visit one of the BCA mem­bers with a back prob­lem related to poor dri­ving posture.

Dr. Tim Hutch­ful, from the BCA, says that peo­ple who sit incor­rectly in car seats are ask­ing for trou­ble. He said: “There is almost twice as much pres­sure on your back when you are sit­ting incor­rectly than there is if you stand up.” He goes on to state, “Those most at risk are the peo­ple who not only spend long peri­ods of time in the car, but also those who make infre­quent short jour­neys in the car, because it can be com­pared to an unac­cus­tomed form of exercise.”

The BBC arti­cle con­cludes with a list of tips for proper dri­ving pos­ture from the British Chi­ro­prac­tic Asso­ci­a­tion. These are:

  • Relax­ing at the wheel: A relaxed dri­ving posi­tion reduces stress on the spine
  • Always adjust­ing the seat when you enter the car
  • Tak­ing reg­u­lar breaks from dri­ving — once every two hours or so
  • Clench your but­tocks if stuck in traf­fic — add some side bends and shoul­der shrugs if possible
  • Unload items off the back seat from the back doors of the car, rather than the front
  • Don’t wear tight clothes while driving

Ran­dom Article

A June 8, 2005 release from “Health­Day News” reported on a study of 104 men and women that par­tic­i­pated in six months of aerobic

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