You may be facing a long drive to visit family and friends over the holidays. I wonder how your back feels about that? Here are a few tips to help you arrive pain-free.
- Adjust your car seat so your knees are at hip level or slightly below. If your knees are higher than your hips (like in a bucket seat), then your low back spine will be stressed. If your seat doesn’t adjust high enough, you can buy a wedge pillow to help.
- Setup your seat’s lumbar support. Most cars come with lumbar support, but if yours doesn’t, there are many lumbar supports/pillows you can buy that are made for the car.
- Ensure your seat is not reclined too far back. If it is, your head will have to come forward to see the road. This will stress your upper back if you are in this position for a long time.
- Be sure to sit all the way back in the seat rather than slouching. This will help your pelvis and lumbar spine stay in good position during that long trip.
Safe and pain-free travels and happy holidays!