It might surprise you to learn that driving can actually cause strain and injuries over time. After all, we often think that injuries occur during strenuous activities, not simply sitting still! But the truth is that sitting in the wrong position, especially for long periods, can strain your muscles and even cause alignment problems.
Since many of us spend a significant amount of time in our vehicles each day, it’s important to make sure that you aren’t driving in a position that could cause problems for you.
First of all, avoid sitting so far back in your seat that you must stretch your arms all the way forward to reach the wheel. Scoot your seat forward a bit, so that your knees are comfortably bent, and elbows are bent at somewhat of an angle. Maintain a good grip on your steering wheel, and avoid position that place strain on your upper shoulders and neck as you’re driving.
Second, it might surprise you to learn that your wallet can cause problems! If you keep your wallet in your back pocket, move it to your front pocket or place it in the console of the car while driving. Even a thin wallet will raise one side of the pelvis just slightly, and this throws off alignment and can cause muscle strain over time. Driving this way frequently, especially for extended periods of time, can actually lead to some painful long-term problems. So, get that wallet out of the way, and sit with your pelvis squared on the bottom of the seat.
If you have any questions about ergonomics and proper sitting positions, give us a call. We can help you determine whether your daily habits are effectively protecting you.