neck pain

Repetitive Driving Injuries: Part 4 - The Roller Coaster

In the final installment of our four part series on Repetitive Driving Injuries we look at how tense, nervous drivers can suffer with pain from a number of different areas of the body.

THE ROLLER COASTER

Problems:
You are most likely to suffer with shoulder pain, neck strain, leg cramp and side ache.

Solutions:
- Relax! Tense and nervous drivers are more likely to adopt this position leading to tense shoulders so try to avoid driving situations that stress you out
- When buying a car, go for one with a fully adjustable interior package. Ensure the height of the back rest reaches the shoulders and does not obstruct 'rearward vision'
- Try and sit back more into the seat to get better back support
- Take regular breaks where you can get out of the car to stretch your legs

Repetitive Driving Injury: Part 1 - The Multitasker

Many of us spend a good couple of hours a day in the car, commuting to work or picking up kids and running errands.

Have you thought of how your seat position may be affecting your neck and low back?

According to statistics, 14 million of us are affected by what is referred to by some as Repetitive Driving Injury!

We will be posting over the next four days the driving positions that are most commonly used alongside what problems you can get and the solutions to counteract these.

Have a look and, most importantly, which one are you?!

 

Part 1 - THE MULTITASKER

Problems:
You are most likely to suffer with headaches and eye strain, feet cramp and pain in the coccyx.

Solutions:
- 45% of Multi-Taskers drive for work but they should try not to use the car as an office
- Twisting to access paperwork and the laptop can be more damaging to your back and neck than driving
- Regularly adjust your seat on long journeys driving to help your coccyx
- Use a 'hands-free' mobile phone kit
- Consider changing to an automatic car to avoid constant gear changes and keep two hands on the wheel whilst driving

Back Pain in Ladies - 'Poshitis'

Ladies...

Do you suffer from 'Poshitis'? Looking glam with your one strapped handbag but feeling the consequence with a stiff shoulder or shoulder pain?

It may be trendy but actually carrying your bag on one shoulder can cause severe damage to muscles and joints.

As you can see from this picture, when carrying your bag on one side your shoulder is lifted and your body is shifting away to compensate.

In time it can lead to neck and back pain, repetitive strain injuries, postural misalignments, headaches and even arthritis.

Here are some helpful tips for you to stay ‘on trend’ the smart way:
- Select a handbag that is proportionate to your size
- Swap straps from one shoulder to another, regularly giving muscles on either side a time to rest
- A bag with wide straps will better distribute the pressure on one shoulder
- Look for bags with multiple pockets so you can divide your things evenly inside
- Only carry what you need in your bag... How often have people said to you 'have you got a brick in here?!’
- For minimal strain wear a bag which has a strap diagonally over the body or a backpack style over both shoulders (geek chic is in remember!)
- Do some gentle stretching and strengthening exercises for your shoulder and neck muscles, such as swinging your arms, rolling your shoulders and turning your head from side to side
- See an osteopath to reverse any stiff shoulder pains, trains, tightness or misalignment and for further advice

iBad Posture and Neck Pain

Do you suffer from poor posture? Or are you suffering from neck pain?

Due to the development of mobile phones, tablets and other devices from the likes of Apple, and Google there has been a marked increase in poor posture and problems relating to the vertebrae.

The image on shows that humans have developed 9 new postures due to our increased phone and tablet usage.

Equally, as this article in the Daily Mail shows, texting is having a real impact on young people's necks - dubbed as 'text neck':

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3274835/Shocking-X-rays-teenagers-text-neck.html

Osteopathy treats poor posture and your osteopath treats neck pain. Osteopathy can help with the likes of text neck by relieving strain felt in the muscles with massage and exercises to strengthen affected areas - to stop deterioration occurring again.

If you have not tried to treat neck pain with osteopathy, or perhaps you haven't considered that your osteopathy can help with poor posture - don't hesitate to find out the benefits of osteopathy at The Village Osteopaths.

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