I know most of you are probably getting back into the routine today after the holiday weekend. Most of us either travelled to see family or had family travel to visit us. Either way, there were a lot of cars on the road over the holiday weekend.
Many of us will battle chronic low back pain from the drive, whereas there will be a few who experience a new episode of low back pain. In either case, low back pain is not fun.
Back pain develops from long hours of driving because we were not designed to sit for long periods of time. The seated posture places excessive amounts of pressure on our lumbar vertebra and intervertebral discs. If you add in the vibration of the car, the vertebra and the discs are being constantly jolted and stressed. Plus, most cars place the drivers seat at an angle that causes our hips the rotate backward, which will cause stress on our SI joints and tightness in our hamstrings.
If you are feeling aches and pains because of a long drive in the car, then I would recommend stretching and a chiropractic adjustment. If you are feeling a lot of pressure in your low back, then I recommend you schedule an appointment in our ofice. This may be an early warning sign that there is a disc irritation. Disc injuries sometimes need to be treated with specific adjusting tables to fix the underlying problem. Our office is equipped with this special equipment and we have successfully treated many cases over the years.
Dr Spencer Charlet
Chiropractor in Mooresville