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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

Frozen Shoulder

Posted on: 13th February 2015

What is frozen shoulder?

It is understood that the inflammation of the synovium and related tissue (surrounding the head of the humerus) is the underlying feature of frozen shoulder. The reasons however are less clear, with some authors suggesting reactions to old injuries, infections or autoimmune reactions as possible causes. It will most likely affect the non-dominant arm.

Due to the chemical changes arising in the glenohumeral joint, other tissue, for example ligaments and tendons will be affected. The result is that familiar stiffness that starts to emerge as the underlying muscles become less extendible and less elastic.

It is also reported that in the early stages of frozen shoulder, there is a rapid muscle wasting. This would exclude any vigorous stretching techniques to mobilise the frozen shoulder, due to the risk of tearing already weakened muscle tissue – (Neil Asher 2013).

What are the symptoms?

Frozen shoulder goes through three quite distinctive phases, freezing, frozen and thawing.

Freezing, can last between 2-8 months and the patient will be aware of pain on the outside of the arm, a sharp pain on movement and severe night pain.

Frozen, pain will be less severe, more an ache than a stabbing pain, with a continued loss of movement.

Thawing, will see a spontaneous recovery but may take a further 12 months to materialize.

What treatments are available?

There are a number of recognised treatment protocols that claim to help frozen shoulder, including manipulation therapies, like chiropractic, acupuncture and trigger point release techniques.

What we have found at the clinic, is that a combination of all the treatments protocols will reduce symptoms if applied in a careful and sensitive way. Frozen shoulder takes time to respond to treatment and requires a high degree of patient compliance.






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.