Managing a Long Road Trip with Back Pain - Balanced Movement Studio

Managing a Long Road Trip with Back Pain

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A common question we’re asked at the clinic is:

“I’m looking for a little advice about how to manage a driving trip this weekend. I’ll be in the car (driving) for 4-5 hours, depending on traffic. Any suggestions?”

handssteeringwheelThis question was from a person recovering from lumbar disc surgery, but the answer is applicable to anyone with back pain aggravated by sitting.

There is a simple answer, but it is often harder discipline oneself to implement than it should be.

Are you driver or passenger? Either way, the answer is to not be in any one position for very long. Ideally move every 20-30 minutes. If passenger, it is easy, adjust the seat back to multiple angles so you are in many positions. If driver, it is more challenging. Ideally you would stop every hour, get out and move. It can be as simple as pulling off of an exit ramp, getting out and walking around the car a couple of times. The simple act of standing, walking, moving the spine through a comfortable, gentle range of motion will restore circulation, relieve pressure to the spinal discs and joints, and help a lot.

20-30 minutes extra on a trip beats the heck out of 2-3 days of discomfort and needless suffering.

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posted 6 months ago

Brian and Andy helped me overcome a herniated disc that had me in pain 24/7. Within a few visits I was back to working out at full capacity without pain. Brian also helped me improve my run stride and movement of my posterior chain in the process. I'm stronger, faster, and healthier now having worked with them than I was before the injury.