Summer is here and that means outdoor fun and possibly travel! The following suggestions will help maximize your enjoyment while minimizing discomfort associated with car travel.
Let's get comfy!
Adjust the seat so you are as close to the steering wheel as comfortably possible. Your knees should be slightly higher than your hips.
Use your car’s lumbar support to gently support your low back. If your vehicle doesn’t have a built in support, try rolling up a small towel/sweatshirt, or ask us about after-market models. Be sure the curve lines up with the natural curve in your lower back, which is higher than your hips!
Make sure that your headrest is always properly adjusted. Almost ½ of car occupants who are hit from behind suffer permanent damage and symptoms. Much of this could be prevented by making sure that the top of your headrest is adjusted to the top of your skull, and that your head rests on the head rest. Added bonus: this prevents strain on your discs and shoulders!
Take frequent rest breaks. A short, brisk walk and some gentle stretching every 60-90 minutes will loosen tight muscles, help get blood flowing again and mentally refresh you for the next leg of your journey. The runner's lunge is a perfect stretch after sitting with your hip flexors shortened!
If you are planning a trip, why not call us today at 402-480-6680 to schedule a “pre-trip, tune-up”? Finding and fixing minor imbalances in both the spine and muscles now can help insure a happy, pain-free vacation.