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Archive for December, 2015

How to sit comfortably and avoid back pain when driving

Posted on: 18th December 2015

Tackling the problem of sitting comfortably when driving and avoiding back pain doesn’t require action as drastic as buying a new car. Instead, there are plenty of practical steps to follow that should help most people get comfortable at the wheel.

Some tips

On the road, comfort rules over style

Not many of us would wear tight clothing and shoes with high heels when cleaning the house or getting stuck into some gardening, so why restrict freedom of movement when driving? Wear comfortable clothes and keep a practical pair of flat shoes in the car if you regularly wear high heels.

Can you depress the clutch and keep your heel on the floor?

Drivers should have their seat pulled far enough forward so that they can fully extend the clutch pedal while keeping their heel on the floor and are able to maintain a slight bend in the knee.

To avoid back pain, keep the seat backrest tilted

The backrest of the seat should be tilted back ever so slightly, to help support bodyweight. Another tip is to check that when turning the steering wheel your shoulders remain in contact with the seat – rather than hunched forward.

Set the headrest above the ears

For safety reasons, it’s vital that the centre of the headrest sits higher than a driver’s ears.

Move those hips

A comfortable seat will position the hips higher than the knees, support the shoulder blades and offer a wide range of adjustment.

Small things are a big discomfort

You should be able to reach the steering wheel yet have a bend in your elbows , looking at the mirrors should just be a simple eye movement rather than a head movement  and it should be easy to depress all the pedals, especially the clutch, without lifting yourself from the seat.

Use the adjustable lumbar support

If a seat has adjustable lumbar support, set it so that the back feels like it is in its natural shape, rather than an exaggerated form.

Stretch and shrug

When stuck in traffic or during a long journey, it helps to keep the body mobile. No one’s suggesting you need to break into a Mr Motivator routine; just try some simple but effective exercises, such as buttock clenches, side bends and seat braces – pushing your hands into the steering wheel and your back into the seat – and shoulder shrugs, with a five second hold, as well as shoulder circles.

Don’t forget to take a break

On a long distant it’s important drivers take a break every couple of hours.

Happy motoring.

 

cardriving comfortably

Source – blog.greenflag.com August 2015

Family history of cancer isn’t a death sentence

Posted on: 4th December 2015

Is breast cancer hereditary?

Family history isn’t such an important factor after all when it comes to breast cancer. You’re as likely to survive it as women who have no cancer in their family, new research suggests.

Hereditary factors are reckoned to be responsible for a quarter of all cases of breast cancer – but they don’t make any difference to the prognosis, say researchers from the University of Southampton.

Research conclusion

Women with a family history have the same chances of surviving the disease as those who don’t, a study of 2,850 breast cancer patients discovered.   The women were all under the age of 41, and some had a family history of breast or ovarian cancer. But there was no difference in the rate of cancer recurrence after treatment, said lead researcher Prof Diana Eccles.

Source – British Journal of Surgery, 2015