Whether you’re planning a road trip this holiday season, or find yourself driving for extended periods for work, the simple truth is that driving can be bad for your back.  It’s not so bad if you’re a passenger, because you can take something for your aching back or shift your position to get more comfortable.

If you’re the one stuck behind the wheel though, driving for several hours at a stretch can be both brutal and punishing.  Here are a few simple tips you can employ to minimize your pain and discomfort:

Lumbar Support

This is your first, best option.  You don’t have to get fancy here.  If you can’t afford a proper lumbar support pillow, even a small throw pillow taken from your sofa or a rolled-up towel can do wonders in terms of providing additional support. If you can afford a proper lumbar support pillow, it’s well worth the investment.

Take Frequent Stretch Breaks

This is easy if you’re traveling with someone who has a small bladder and needs to stop at frequent intervals for a bio-break. Even if that’s not the case, it pays to stop frequently to get out and stretch your back and legs before continuing on your journey.

Sure, it might mean that it takes a bit longer to get to your final destination, but it will help ensure that once you arrive, you’ll be in reasonably good shape.

Make Use of Cruise Control

If you have a car with cruise control, use it whenever it’s safe to do so.  It will allow you to sit with both feet firmly on the floor, which will help distribute your weight more evenly.

Pay Attention to The Position Of Your Seat

There are two things to talk about here.  First, sit as close to the steering wheel as you can without it becoming uncomfortable.  Second, take a moment to adjust the angle of your seat.  Ideally, you’ll want to position it to an angle of 100-110 degrees.

Also, if you have a bad back, be sure to bring an ice pack with you so you can ice your back en route as needed, or once you arrive at your destination.

Following these simple tips may not prevent back pain but they’ll go a long way toward minimizing it, and will leave you feeling good enough to enjoy the day when you get to wherever it is that you’re going!

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