Driving long distances can be hard on the neck and back. To reduce stress, follow these tips:
1. Make sure that your seat is positioned correctly. You should be a proper distance away. Too far away from the gas petal and you will be putting unnecessary strain on your low back and sciatic nerve. Too close and you will risk injury from an airbag inflation. You should be at a comfortable distance.
2. Make sure that you have proper low back support. In some vehicles, this support is adjustable. If not, you may need to purchase a support or pillow to use while driving.
3. Make sure your neck rest is properly positioned. If it is too high, you may have to flex your neck forward. If it is too low, it won’t provide support if you are rear-ended.
4. When driving long distances, stop and stretch from time to time. Get out and walk around the car. This will not only keep you from getting sore, it will help keep you alert. Although it can be tempting to push through to your destination, you won’t be relaxed or productive if you have a headache and a stiff neck.
5. Prepare before and relax after a long trip. A chiropractic adjustment, massage, stretching session or meditation can help you relax and can decompress tight muscles.
6. Make sure to stay hydrated.
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