Courtesy of Hope Zvara, CEO of Mother Trucker Yoga and yoga, movement and lifestyle expert:
A pain in your neck. That's what continuous driving and sitting can do for your body, particularly your neck.
It’s time we pay closer attention to our neck’s health, and that starts with your head placement while driving. The next time you get ready to ride, take a minute to check your seat and ask yourself:
- Can you sit upright?
- Do you feel like your head sits over your shoulders or over your lap?
- Does your upper body collapse forward or open up towards your seat behind you?
Making small yet powerful tweaks can save you long nights of discomfort and future trips to a physical therapist.
Check the following before you hit the road:
- Does your seat need to be closer in order for you to round forward less?
- Does your steering wheel need to be adjusted up, down, telescoped, angled higher or lower?
- Do you need to add further support to your back to better support your head and neck?
While driving, consider tucking your chin back slightly and try to find the seat behind you with your back body. This will help reduce neck strain and further back pain while you drive.