We spend a lot of time in a care, usually driving alone. You will want to ensure you are comfortable before you commence your journey so that you arrive safely and not be too stiff and sore. The following strategies will ensure you are sitting comfortably in the driver’s seat.
Before shifting your car into gear, consider the position you are sitting in and ensure you have the best posture. The best angle for you back is bending slightly forward. Also consider supporting your head by having the back rest just resting on your head.
Ensure you support your lower back by ensuring that your back rests up against the chair. If you are unable to get support from the chair you can use a cushion placed in the small of your back to ensure you are in the best position.
Adjust your mirrors so that you can see without moving your head. You should be able to see into your mirrors by glancing in them from your current position. The mirrors should be adjusted every time a different person drives the car to ensure they don’t strain their neck.
Once you are in pain and you commence taking Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, Codeine and other drugs it is very easy to depend on these drugs to manage your pain. It can get very expensive and many of these drugs have side-affects which you may or may not be aware of.
If you have found out the source of your pain and the condition that you have that is giving you pain, consider commencing pain management strategies that can reduce your pain. Before undertaking any new exercise, obtain approval from your GP or health care provider to ensure the exercise is suitable for your condition.
Here are some pain management strategies that don’t involve taking pills.
Stretching – If your pain is muscular skeletal, gentle stretching of the inflamed area may reduce your pain. Consider arm raising, leg stretching and leg raising to keep your joints moving. If it hurts stop the exercise.
Walking – Movement may assist in pain management. If you have a walking stick or are in a wheel chair, consider walking or floating in a pool to get the weight off your joints. If you are walking in water ensure the water is above your waist level so you are not putting too much pressure on your back, knees, legs or feet.
Fit ball – The fit ball can be a great aid to assist in pain management. Ensure you brace your abdominal muscles and lift your pelvic floor. Begin with basic exercises like pelvic rotations, alternative leg lifts and alternative arm lifts.
Your diet – Some foods have natural anti-inflammatory properties, these include pineapple, nuts and green leafy vegetables. Swap out some unhealthy foods for these healthy alternatives and see if you have an improvement in your pain levels.
There are many things that we do every day that result in back pain. Here are a few activities that cause back pain.
Driving – A long commute often results in back pain because we sit in the middle of the seat. Ensure you are sitting up against the back of the seat and can reach the steering wheel and pedals comfortably. If you cannot sit back comfortably, place a cushion behind your lower back or purchase a back support for your car seat.
Sleeping – If you sleep on your stomach you may be causing additional pressure on your lower back. Try an alternative sleep position like on your back with a pillow underneath your knees. If you must sleep on your stomach, place a pillow under your lower stomach to reduce the pressure on your back.
Brushing your teeth and shaving – When you bend over the sink, you place pressure on your lower back. If you do this for several minutes each morning, this places much stress on your lower back. Try standing upright and bending over briefly or try brushing your teeth and shaving whilst having a shower.
Some helpful tips on natural remedies for back pain thanks to author Sue Ramsey… and Angela Hawkes, Occupational Therapist and creator of Beatpain App is in there introducing a few simple sleep strategies.
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