Neck Pain While Driving and Backing Up Car
By Western Berks on June 6th, 2018
Why Do I Get Neck Pain While Driving?
Neck pain while driving, particularly when your head is turned when backing up a car, is likely due to tightness in the muscles of your neck and upper back. Neck pain is experienced by a significant portion of the population. While it can be caused by trauma or medical conditions, it can also be due to stress and strain on the muscles that support the neck, or to the nerves or bones in the neck.
Neck pain is often the result of years of poor posture. To improve your posture, keep your neck in a “neutral” position, with your chin more tucked in than pushed forward. When you walk, stand, or sit, pretend that a string is pulling you from the top of your head, elongating your neck and spine. While driving, adjust the seat so that you are neither too far nor too close to the steering wheel and pedals.
If you’re like most Americans, you spend a lot of time behind the wheel. You can avoid driving with neck pain by maintaining good posture and making driving adjustments that take the strain off the muscles supporting your neck. In addition, the Doctors of Physical Therapy at Western Berks Physical Therapy can provide you with exercises to do at home to help reduce your pain!