You might live in Seminole but commute to downtown St. Pete, Dunedin, or even Tampa for work. Time spent behind the wheel can take a toll on your postural alignment, and you might discover that you have persistent:
- Neck or back pain
- Aching or sore muscles
- Tingling of the arms or legs
Such symptoms are aggravating and intrusive, but our chiropractor has some tips for healthier commuting. By making minor changes, you can reclaim your spinal health!
Empty Your Back Pockets
It might seem insignificant if your trip to work is only a few minutes long. However, whatever rests in your back pockets can change your spinal alignment, so take everything out before you settle in for your drive. Wallets and cell phones are among the most common, and sitting on these items contributes to back pain and poor posture. At our clinic in Seminole, we can conduct a postural screening to identify specific complications regarding your standing and seated posture.
Create Lumbar Support
Few seats will support every person’s lower back. Varying heights and statures will alter the effectiveness of the vehicle’s seat formation, so it is up to the driver to create lumbar support. There are commercial pillows you can purchase, but you can use household items to complete the desired effect. Our chiropractor suggests using a small pillow or a rolled up towel. These are things you probably have on hand and can put to use on your next drive.
Stay in Motion
A professional chiropractor will stress the importance of movement, regardless of where you’re sitting. Whether you’re in the office, on an airplane, or driving on I-275, you need to alter your hand and leg positioning every now and then. The movement will increase your blood circulation while staving off fatigue, which is always helpful on a long drive.
If you have a history of back or neck issues, commuting can aggravate the problem. Employ diversions to occupy your mind and distract you from the discomfort. Whether you select an engaging podcast to listen to, pick out a book on tape from the Seminole Community Library, or sing along to the radio, there are multiple ways to keep your thoughts off the aches and strains.
See Our Chiropractor for Pain Relief
At Coastal Chiropractic, you can make positive changes for your health and happiness! Our chiropractor, Dr. Marc Rogers, offers walk-in clinic services, exercise rehabilitation, nutritional counseling, postural screenings, and lifestyle advice. Get in touch to schedule an appointment in Seminole by calling 727-581-2774!