Driving for two 16+ hour days almost consecutively is a back-blaster recipe for disaster.
I did just that heading from New Hampshire to Colorado to reach my family, especially my 5-month old granddaughter. (Queue “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” background music.)
Sadly, car manufacturers are hell bent on making us “comfortable” in the driver’s seat. What they have actually crafted instead is a misaligned “cast of support.” Most car seats encourage excessive forward head posturing, rounded shoulders, and concave chest body geometry, which restricts front shoulder and chest muscles AND negatively influences breathing mechanics. The seat-to-seat back angle encourages posterior pelvic tilt (rounded lumbar spine). Ouch!
Might I suggest…
OK, I know we have to get to work. Also, many of us live in the boonies, which means we drive EVERYWHERE. However, after considering where you live, can you adjust your errands, appointments, and work to avoid one or two car trips a week? Make it a game…how many things can you stack in one car trip? How about a bus or train? Can you hop on your bike to pick up that last ingredient for dinner thus stacking exercise, fresh air and complete meal prep all in one!
If you must be in your car often or for long trips, pay attention to how you sit…
You may need to adjust the headrest to avoid a forward head position. Keep your shoulders square and dropped away from the ears. Build a 90º angle from car seat to vertical seat back. Your goal is to enable sitting with a neutral pelvis. Bring seat back to vertical (as possible). Use a blanket or towel to create a bolster/wedge to fill the seat space. NOTE: You are creating a form to support neutral pelvis, neutral lumbar spinal curve, and knees level with or below the hips. You are not creating a lumbar support.
It may take some effort to fix your car seat just right, but your back and hips will thank you for your effort! Happy travels!
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