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What Can You Do to Relieve Pain and Stress While Driving?

January 17, 2017





Driving – many of us do it, but we often forget the impact that our drive to work can


have on our bodies. I spend a lot of time driving due to my mobile business. And


while driving, I often forget to pay attention to my posture (I know, I’m a massage


therapist, I should know better, but hey, I’m human). This poor posture often causes


me to feel discomfort in my shoulders. And that discomfort is increased when you

have to spend time stuck in traffic, which is what I have to do due to the

Metro bus roadwork in Bristol.


So, what can you do to stop pain while driving? Well, this is what I will be talking to


you about today.


What effect does your drive to work have on your body?




You’ll be surprised to know that driving doesn’t only affect your physical health, but it


also affects your psychological health.


The effects:


 Back pain – studies have shown that driving can cause lower back pain. This


is believed to be caused by bad posture and seat position.


 Shoulder and neck pain – studies have shown that you can feel neck and


shoulder pain while driving. Again, poor posture is believed to cause this




 Knee pain a study that looked at the driving questionnaires filled by 1242


taxi drivers found that driving caused the taxi drivers to suffer knee pain.


 Increased anxiety driving (or commuting to work) can have a negative effect


on your psychological health. A 2014 Office for National Statistics report found


that people who commute more than thirty minutes to work suffered from


increased anxiety, lower happiness levels, and depression risk were higher


than those who didn’t have to commute to work.


 Increased blood pressure it has been claimed that driving can increase your


blood pressure, which is believed to be due to the increased levels of stress


that you can feel while driving. A study has found that the longer a person’s


commute to work is than the higher their blood pressure.


 Sleep issues a report has found that those who commute to work for longer


than forty-five minutes (each way) have a lower quality of sleep than those


with a shorter travel time.


As you can see, driving can have a negative effect on our bodies and minds.


However, you can combat these effects. And this is what I will be talking to you





What to do before your drive to work?


There are things you can do before you drive to work to limit pain while driving


(physical and mental).


 Exercise the exercise to do before you get into your car is called a Forward


Bend. The Forward Bend is a yoga pose that gives an intense stretch of the


back and hamstring muscles, which would help with any previous back pain.


Also, this pose is believed to relieve stress and depression. You can do the


Forward Bend while standing or sitting. This YouTube video shows you how


to do the Forward Bend.


 Adjust your seat a poorly adjusted seat can be why you feel pain while


driving. This website shows you the correct position your car seat needs to be


in. As well as your car seat, you need to make sure that your steering wheel is


at a proper height.<