Take Back Your Comfort: How to Reduce Back Pain While Driving

Back pain is a risk for all drivers, and especially so for those in the transport industry. Read on for a list of tips to help reduce the stress on your spine.

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(businesspress24) - According to the charity Back Care, between 30 and 60% of drivers report spinal pain caused or made worse by driving. And itill guarantee a healthy back, loads of tips are available to minimise your risk.

Exercises

Advice often focuses on cutting down the time you spend behind the wheel. Walking short journeys and taking public transport where possible, for instance, are both preferable to driving.
Sadly, thatsome down time between your delivery jobs and back loads.

Before and After Driving

Those who don

The first exercise is a simple forward bend. Stand with your feet a hip-width apart and your knees bent, then contract your stomach. Roll down as far as you can, letting your arms fall forwards, then unroll and stretch your arms up. It

Our second stretch can only really be done at home, as you need to be on all fours. On your hands and knees, arch your back forwards so you

Each of these exercises should be repeated around ten times for best effect.

On the Road

Youre for a few seconds before returning. Repeat on the other side. Do these stretches slowly, though, as yanking your head can be bad for your spine.

On a Break

While most of us refer to taking a break as

How to Sit

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First, your buttocks should be close to the backrest, as leaving a gap can lead to an unhealthy leaning situation. Next, keep your legs slightly bent when pushing a pedal down, and keep your thighs resting lightly on the edge of your seat and not pressing down into it. There should also be a short gap between the edge of your seat and the crook of your knees

Moving up, your shoulders should be as close as possible to the backrest and you should be able to reach the wheel comfortably with your arms bent. Side bolsters should be close enough to offer support without restricting movement, and the upper edge of your headrest should be aligned to the top of your head. Finally, keeping your seat as high as possible will allow you a clear view of your surroundings and the dashboard without craning your neck.



It can be hard to keep an eye on all this, but, again, try using your time off between journeys out and back loads home to stretch and readjust your posture.

Other Tips and Tricks

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Finally, you can always talk to your boss or your HR department about any issues. It

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Norman Dulwich is a Correspondent for Haulage Exchange, the leading online trade network for the road transport industry. Connecting logistics professionals across the UK and Europe through their website, Haulage Exchange provides services for matching delivery work and back loads with available drivers. Over 5,400 member companies are networked together through the Exchange to fill empty capacity, get new clients and form long-lasting business relationships.



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Norman Dulwich is a Correspondent for Haulage Exchange, the leading online trade network for the road transport industry. Connecting logistics professionals across the UK and Europe through their website, Haulage Exchange provides services for matching delivery work and back loads with available drivers. Over 5,400 member companies are networked together through the Exchange to fill empty capacity, get new clients and form long-lasting business relationships.

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Date: 11/09/2018 - 04:26
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