The American Chiropractic Association has made some suggestions on how to relieve back pain while driving your car:
- Adjust your seat so that you are comfortably sitting close to the wheel, with your knees slightly higher than your hips.
- Use a Lumber Support Cushion or the BackFriend on your car seat.
- Take regular breaks to stretch and rest
- Stretch your shoulders, legs and toes regularly as you drive.
- Keep hands on the steering wheel at the 3:00 and 7:00 positions, occasionally alternating to the 10:00 and 2:00 positions. (3 and 7? Really? They’re not even symmetrical!)
- Have a relaxed grip on the steering wheel, and occasionally tighten, then loosen your grip to vary your muscle movement.
When I first passed my driving test, I was such a nervous driver, I would have my shoulders up near my ears the whole time before I realized, and my back and neck were in constant pain. When I made a conscious effort to relax my shoulders, everything else relaxed too and I was in a lot less pain. And I think, a better driver as a result!