Driving is one of the most common things we do in our day-to-day lives. Most of us have to drive at some point in the week, whether it's to work or to run errands. Because driving is so common, we don't think twice about how it can affect our bodies and our health. But did you know that driving regularly can cause pain and injury?
Driving with back pain can lead to other physical injuries – like knee pain or neck strain – if you don't take care of your body while behind the wheel.
This article discusses some ways that back brace can help pregnant women drive safely, how stress affects our spines and backs in general (and why this matters), how choosing a good support brace for driving might be crucial for your overall well-being (and even safety), what exercises you should do during long journeys (or even when not driving), as well as when seeing a chiropractor or physical therapist might be necessary.
Back Braces Can Help Pregnant Women Drive Safely
Pregnant women may experience quite a bit of pain in their backs during their pregnancy. This results from the extra weight they carry, which puts pressure on their spines and muscles.
A back brace can help to reduce this pain and make it easier for pregnant women to stay active, which can help them keep their bodies healthy while they're expecting.
If you're looking for a way to improve your driving experience so you can get where you need to go comfortably and safely, then we'd recommend checking out our full line of back braces!
Driving With Back Pain Is Difficult For Everyone
Driving is a stressful activity that can cause back pain, especially when you're sitting for long periods of time in the same position. You might also experience this kind of discomfort if you slouch or adopt an improper posture while driving—especially if it's not your regular job.
If you have tension headaches from sitting at a desk all day, imagine how much more difficult it could be to deal with those same issues while behind the wheel. There are several factors that can contribute to this sort of discomfort:
- You're not used to driving for long periods of time
- Your body isn't used to being held in one position for so long (like when driving)
- The way you hold yourself while driving isn't conducive to preventing back injuries
Back pain and stress – how are they related?
In this section, we will look at how stress and back pain are related, and what you can do about it.
Stress is a psychological or physical state of mental strain or tension caused by external pressures or an individual's reaction to these pressures.
Stress can have a variety of effects on the body, including muscle tension headaches and sleeping problems as well as more serious health issues such as heart disease and digestive problems. It is important to be aware when you are feeling stressed because if left unchecked it can lead to chronic pain – including in your back!
Back pain is one of the most common reasons why people seek medical treatment – but did you know that it can also increase your risk of developing stress-related disorders? The fact is that chronic back pain often causes feelings of helplessness and hopelessness which may trigger anxiety disorders or depression if left untreated for too long (or even short periods).
Many patients find themselves caught in a cycle between feeling stressed from their pain and leading them towards depression which then makes them feel more depressed about their condition making it harder for them to want to get better... so they don’t!
Protecting the spine: why it's important
You may not realize it, but your back is one of the most complex structures in your body. The spine is a flexible column that supports the weight of the body and protects the spinal cord and other vital organs. However, it’s also vulnerable to injury and pain. In fact, back pain can be caused by poor posture or an injury—whether you’re driving or not!
In order to protect your spine while driving, it's important to wear a brace designed specifically for this purpose. A custom-fit brace provides support where you need it most while keeping you comfortable enough to focus on driving safely without distraction.
Choosing the right back brace for driving
- Choose a brace that is comfortable and fits well.
- Choose a brace that is easy to use.
- Choose a brace that has good support.
- Choose a brace that is high quality (and look for reviews to back up this claim).
Exercises during long journeys: why it's important
It's a fact that sitting down for long periods of time can cause the body to stiffen up. However, if you're in a car or truck and driving all day, it can get bad very quickly!
The muscles in your lower back are especially prone to becoming stiff if they aren't moved regularly—and there's not much movement when you're sitting at the wheel!
So how do you keep your body loose and ready for action? You've got two options: 1) do some stretches or exercises while driving or 2) take regular breaks from driving so that these stretches/exercises can happen without interruption on stretches/exercises while driving or 2) take regular breaks from driving so that these stretches/exercises can happen without interruption on longer journeys.
In general, we recommend that people should make sure they're moving every hour by doing something active such as stretching or exercise (even something small like rubbing their feet together). If this means taking frequent rest stops then so be it; better safe than sorry!
When to visit a chiropractor and/or physical therapist
If you are having pain, have had recent surgery, or have tried other treatments that do not relieve your symptoms, then it is time to visit a chiropractor or physical therapist. Both professionals can help you understand what might be causing your pain and teach you ways to manage it.
A physical therapist specializing in post-operative care will work with patients following major orthopedic surgeries such as hip replacement or knee arthroscopy. These professionals know how best to treat patients after surgery so they can return home quickly and safely without experiencing postsurgical complications such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pneumonia, pulmonary embolism (PE), infections or wound breakdowns that could lead to additional surgeries being required later on down the road when symptoms start showing up again due being left untreated initially during the recovery period after undergoing orthopedic procedures.
We hope that you found this back brace post helpful! We know that driving can be difficult when you're experiencing back pain, and we want to make sure that you have all the information necessary to keep yourself safe on the road.