Avoid Pain From Bad Driving Posture

If you find that your back hurts after driving, bad posture could be the culprit. But if you know how to improve your posture behind the wheel and when you seek out chiropractic therapy, you’ll be in a better position to enjoy your next great Virginia road trip.  

Posture May Be Why Your Back Hurts After Driving

If your back hurts after driving a short or long distance, bad driving posture may be the issue. The repetitive motion of sitting in one position for an extended period can strain your muscles and lead to stiffness and soreness. Additionally, slouching or hunching over the steering wheel can put undue pressure on your spine, causing misalignments that result in nagging back pain.

Moreover, inadequate lumbar support from your car seat can exacerbate existing issues or create new ones by failing to provide proper cushioning for your lower back. Combine these factors with long hours behind the wheel, and it’s no wonder why many drivers experience back pain after hitting the road.

How to Avoid Bad Driving Posture & Prevent Pain From Driving

To improve your driving posture and protect your back, start by adjusting your seat. Make sure it’s not too far or too close to the pedals—your knees should be slightly bent when pressing them. Sit upright with your back against the seat to support its natural curve. Adjust the headrest so that it aligns with the middle of your head.

Avoid slouching or leaning forward while driving as this can strain your back muscles. Take breaks on long drives to stretch and walk around to relieve tension in your muscles. Consider using a lumbar support cushion if needed for extra comfort and support. And before your next drive, you can try corrective exercises to strengthen your core and back muscles. 

Visit Injury Relief Chiropractic for Pain From Driving

If you’ve been in a car accident—even a minor one—it’s crucial to prioritize your health and well-being. Car accidents can lead to hidden injuries that may not manifest immediately. So if you’ve been involved in a fender bender and are experiencing back pain while driving, seeking chiropractic care should be a top priority. 

The team at Injury Relief Chiropractic can help address any underlying issues resulting from the impact of the collision. We’re dedicated to providing personalized care tailored to your specific needs. That includes lifestyle advice to help you avoid bad driving posture and protect your back from pain. To get started, contact our team, give us a call at (833) 774-1075, or stop by one of our four locations in Manassas, Sterling, Tysons, and Woodbridge.