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How To Avoid Back Pains When Doing Long Drives

Travelers Today       By    Glory Moralidad

Updated: Mar 15, 2017 06:47 AM EDT

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Having back pains from long drives is undeniably bothersome. It sucks out energy and can ruin an otherwise enjoyable vacation. You don't want to experience this while you're on a road trip, so here are a few pointers on how to avoid them.

1. Keep your posture up. Sit up straight and never, ever slouch when driving. Also, make sure your back is aligned with your seat. You can try adding soft cushions so that you can settle in quite comfortably. Moreover, don't place anything in your back pocket. Wallets or cell phones must be put in a particular container in your car.

2. Adjust your mirrors correctly. To avoid craning your neck, spine, and back too much, adjust your mirrors to suit your viewing. As much as possible, position the mirrors accordingly to your height and how much it can have a view of the back seat or the back view of the car.

3. Take short breaks if possible. If you can locate a space safe for parking, then have that spot for you to rest for about 15 minutes. Get out of your car do some stretching. Remember, this would be best to do within a one-hour drive. A drive for more than two hours without stretching is dangerous. If you find it difficult to have a stopover, you can move on your seat about ten seconds or so for every 30-minute drive.

4. Feet straight on the floor near the pedals. Plant your feet firmly on the ground at the right height and distance to avoid overstressing your back. Stretch your feet now and then if it strains too much. Try carrying a hot or cold compress with you or an herbal ointment to soothe your tired, achy feet. Keep a comfortable distance between you and the clutch with your knees slightly bending.

5. Support on the backrest. Need to carry towels or pillows for your aching back? They will help alleviate tension in your upper spine. According to Spine Health, it "supports the contour of the inward curve in your lower back." That's where the pain begins. If you're not carrying any cushioning, try tilting the seat backward with your shoulders still intact with the seat. It will lessen the tension on your bodyweight.

Sitting in a car for long periods of time will hurt your lower back. Try these tips for a change and you can prevent having those backaches during your holidays.

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