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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 – August 2015

Knee problems and keyhole surgery

Posted on: 14th October 2015

Should keyhole surgery for knee problems be stopped?

The procedure, known as arthroscopy, increases the risk for deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism (a blockage of the main artery of the lung), infection and even death.

What research found

The benefits of surgery seemed to disappear within one to two years, researchers from the University of Southern Denmark discovered. As such, arthroscopy is not suitable for middle-aged and older patients with knee pain, whether or not they have osteoarthritis, they concluded. They based their findings on a review of nine studies, involving 1,270 patients aged between 48 and 63 years.

Source – BMJ, 2015; 350: h2747

Joint Pain

Posted on: 13th February 2015

What causes joint pain?

After lower back pain and neck pain, the most common joint pain chiropractors treat is what is often referred to as peripheral joint pain. This will include shoulder, hip and knee pain. These joints are more prone to wear and tear and early signs of osteoarthritis.

The risks associated with joints include old injuries, obesity, repetitive activity, weak muscles and to a lesser extent heredity factors. Other factors that can have an adverse effect on our joints include posture, footwear, and lifestyle.

Why it is important to understand the causes 

To offer the most appropriate treatment the causes of joint pain must first be understood, e.g. sprains and strains, tendinitis, and secondly those key factors that are placing the patient at risk, e.g. posture, muscle imbalances and excessive use.

What treatment protocols work?

As well as chiropractic treatment consideration will also be given to soft tissue massage, acupuncture, kinesiology and a rehabilitation program tailored to the specific needs of the patient.   


Hip & Knee Osteoarthritis

Posted on: 13th February 2015

What’s the difference between arthritis and osteoarthritis?

There are many different types of arthritis, all of which describe the inflammation of a joint and, often, subsequent pain.

Osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear, mainly due to our natural ageing process. The cartilage surrounding each joint degenerates, and, as a result, tendons and ligaments become deformed. This can lead to pain and stiffness in and around the joint. Typical symptoms are deep aching pain, morning stiffness and loss of movement in the joint.

Other forms of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis, an inflammatory form of arthritis that occurs when the body’s own immune system does not work properly and gout, which is caused by crystals that collect in the joints. Other common types include psoriatic arthritis, lupus and septic arthritis.

Can you reverse osteoarthritis?

Chiropractic can slow down the spread of the condition, and reduce its impact on the other joints in the body. It’s not possible to reverse the condition, but, by adjusting the spine and peripheral joints, chiropractic can ease the pain, increase mobility and slow down joint degeneration.

So, chiropractic can really help osteoarthritis?

Absolutely. Jean started coming to the clinic a year ago, having been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in her hip following an X-ray, arranged by her GP. She reported groin and thigh pain as well as lower back pain. Using conservative chiropractic treatment including acupuncture, her lower back was realigned and her hip pain improved considerably. With regular maintenance she has remained pain free.