Truck drivers who sit behind the wheel for hours on end are susceptible to chronic back pain. Being in the same position for a long time isn’t good for your joints, muscles, and bones.
A study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information claimed that more than half of the 410 truck drivers in Brazil suffer from back pain due to the long hours they spend in their vehicles.
Truck drivers often have a schedule to maintain. In the US, truck drivers are expected to log in about 70 hours in eight days. Although modern trucks are equipped with the latest technology to make it more comfortable for the drivers, they are still logging an average of around nine hours each day.
Here are some tips to avoid developing chronic back pain or other chiropractic problems:
- Stop for a few minutes to stretch
Don’t underestimate the importance of stretching. You don’t think much about it, but your body goes through so much abuse even if you’re sitting on a seat. The accelerating and decelerating motion of the vehicle, the sudden brakes, and the vibration from the truck will be hard on your spine.
If you’re on schedule, a five-minute break to stretch your limbs won’t set you too far behind from your estimated arrival time.
- Get yourself the right Chiropractic Equipment
Good lumbar support is a piece of Chiropractic Equipment that is a godsend for all truck drivers everywhere.
A lumbar support will help the truck driver maintain proper posture even if he spends hours behind the wheel. This pillow will also prevent bone aches, muscle fatigue, and promote good blood circulation, which prevents cramping.
A 2013 research study concluded that proper lumbar support dramatically increases the comfort level of a person suffering from lower back pain.
- Adjust your seats
The recommended position is for your body to be in an erect position with a slight recline. It’s suggested that you keep a 100-degree angle with your seat. This allows your head to sit comfortably on the headrest. If not, your neck will stiffen, and your upper back will overcompensate, which can cause pain on your shoulders.
- Exploit your vehicle’s cruise control feature
Modern vehicles now have cruise control. This will allow you to rest your body and stretch your legs while the truck is in motion. You can also exercise your legs by planting your feet on the floor at the 90-degree angle. Push against the floor repeatedly.
- Take out contents from your back pocket
Make sure to take your wallet out of your back pocket before driving. This results in a misaligned spine. Your buttocks should be planted straight against the chair.
These are just some of the tips to avoid developing chronic back pain. If you are not driving, add regular exercise into your routine, and make sure to eat nutritious and healthy foods, especially those that are rich in calcium.