Most people don’t think twice about their posture when driving, but neglecting to do so can result in a variety of health concerns.
For example, poor posture over a long drive can put strain on your back and neck, thus leading to pain and discomfort.
Fortunately, a few changes to the way you sit can go a long way in helping you avoid trouble. Here are some tips to follow:
• Support your back: Sit with your tailbone as close to the seat back as you can. When you leave a large gap, it can result in hunching (and that’s never a good thing).
• Use lumbar support: If your vehicle is equipped with it, adjust the lumbar of the driver’s seat to provide lower back support.
• Don’t sit too close to the wheel: Not only is this dangerous, but it can also cause you to hunch forward. It’s okay to move your seat closer to the wheel, as it may be necessary to safely operate your vehicle, but that doesn’t mean you have to lean forward. Keep your back against the seat.
By focusing on proper driving posture, you reduce the risk of this everyday activity causing pain and discomfort. It may take a while to get break your old habits, but once you do you’ll see what you’ve been missing.
Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.