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How to Reduce Back Pain while Driving?



How to reduce back pain while driving

Driving can be a stressful experience, especially if you have to travel for work or long distances. However, there are ways to reduce back pain while driving. In this article, we’ll look at tips on making your car more comfortable, reducing stress, and preventing back pain while driving.

Adjust your Seat Height

You can reduce your risk of back pain by adjusting the seat height in your car. When driving, ensure your knees are bent at a 90-degree angle with the pedal behind you and your feet flat on the floor (not on another surface). If you have trouble reaching the pedals comfortably, invest in a supportive seat and one that absorbs impact as much as possible.

Adjust your Mirror Height

Adjusting the height of your mirrors can help prevent back pain while driving.

  • Make sure you can see the road in front of you. You should be able to see at least two cars ahead of you at all times, so adjust the mirror until it’s at eye level. This will ensure that your shoulders aren’t hunched forward, and your neck isn’t strained as a result of having to look up or down constantly. It also allows for better peripheral vision, which helps reduce accidents caused by blind spots when changing lanes or merging onto highways (and any other time).
  • Adjusting your side mirrors regularly is essential because it helps rotate your neck and head around frequently–something we tend not to do enough throughout our days–which reduces tension on those muscles by helping them relax from being held in one position for too long without movement!

Get a Lumbar Support

You can get lumbar support that helps your back stay aligned, reduces muscle fatigue, and helps you sit up straight. It’s a pillow, cushion, or seat with lumbar support.

A good option is to use an inflatable lumbar cushion because it gives you more flexibility when moving around in the car. You can also get a firmer one if you have severe back pain and need extra support for posture correction.

Make sure your seat helps you sit upright

  • Adjust the seat height, so your knees are not higher than your hips.
  • Adjust the backrest so that your lower back has a slight arch and your upper chest slightly lifts.
  • Adjust the lumbar support to create an S-curve in your spine, not a C-curve position (think about how you sit on an exercise ball). Your sitting bones should be evenly on the seat, with no pressure on either side of them.

Use the headrest to check in to reduce hunching over the steering wheel regularly

The headrest is a great tool to help you keep your back straight. When you’re driving, the headrest can be used as an aide for keeping your spine straight and in line with the wheel. This will reduce hunching over the steering wheel.

To use this technique, simply place both hands on top of the headrest and pull yourself away from it slightly (so that there’s no pressure on either side), then lean forward until you feel like something has been released from underneath your shoulders and back. You may need to repeat this activity several times before feeling comfortable with how far forward or rearward each time you lean will cause a release of tension in different areas along your body’s musculature.*

Don’t forget to Stretch afterward

  • Stretching is a great way to reduce back pain while driving.
  • Don’t forget to stretch afterward.
  • How long should you stretch? As long as it takes for you to feel relaxed and limber, which might be five minutes or even longer, depending on your flexibility level. In general, though, I recommend stretching for about 10-15 minutes after driving if possible (and always before working out or doing any other strenuous activity). You can also do this by lying down with one leg extended up toward the ceiling and reaching toward where your head would be if standing up straight—this will help loosen up tight muscles around your lower back area in particular!

Taking care of yourself while driving will help reduce back pain while driving

Taking care of yourself while driving will help reduce back pain while driving.

  • Take frequent breaks and get out of the car to stretch.
  • Sleep in the backseat if you can safely, or at least put your seat back into a more reclined position and use pillows under your head, neck, and knees to help support them while sleeping.
  • Sit correctly in your seat, both feet on the floor with knees bent at about 90 degrees (this may require putting something under one foot as an elevation). If possible, put some weight on it by leaning forward slightly from your hips so that there is no pressure on either side of the spine but instead equal weight distributed across both sides of the pelvis area where most lower back pain originates from over time due to improper posture habits such as sitting hunched over without proper support for long periods day after day throughout one’s lifetime…


Take care of yourself while driving and your back will thank you!