Tips: avoid pain while driving

Citroën UK and the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) have released a list of essential tips to help prevent neck and back pain whilst driving. Recent research by the British Chiropractic Association estimates that more than 5.5 million drivers could suffer from these symptoms as a result of time spent behind the wheel.

Sitting for prolonged periods of time in an uncomfortable position can affect the body in several ways, for example causing tension within your muscles and in some cases restricting blood flow. The seat height is particularly important to make sure your body is well supported and comfortable.

As thousands of people get away for the Easter break, Citroën UK and the BCA share their recommendations to help prevent back pain whilst driving:

  1. Adjust the driver’s seat and mirrors before each journey so you can see all the way around the car without needing to move excessively. This will help to avoid neck strain from sudden and repeated head movements.
  2. Sit comfortably
  3. Adjust the position of the steering wheel
  4. Check the seat is in the right position to operate the pedals correctly
  5. Take regular breaks

Tim Button, BCA Chiropractor and Ergonomic Consultant, commented, ‘Many of my patients have complained of neck or back pain when driving, particularly on long journeys, so it’s important that people are aware of the best ways to protect their back health while in their car.’