How to Avoid Neck Pain While Driving — Correct Sitting Posture in Car

– Hey it’s Dr. Gregg with
Align Wellness Center. I’m a chiropractor here
in Northbrook, Illinois, and I wanted to take
just a minute with you to go over how you should be sitting in your car to wind up preventing from getting your neck pain. You know here in Chicagoland, most people commute somewhere
between 30 to 60 minutes to and from work everyday. That winds up being a
lot of time in your car. So I want to go over the best way for you to sit to wind
up reducing neck pain and to make your travel
time a little easier. So let’s come on in. We’re out in my parking lot at the car, so we want to make sure
that we get into the car the right way where we sit down and then we bring both of our legs in. Then, once you’re in the car, one of the key things
that you want to be sure to do is make sure you kind of have support for each of your elbows, okay. You want to make sure that
they’re not hanging down, and that you’re not holding
them up like earrings. When you wind up having them nicely rest, you want to make sure you can
get to your steering wheel, and these days, just so you know, they’re teaching four and eight o’clock, you know, no more ten and two’s. Reason they teach that is that in case the airbag goes off,
they typically flip up. If your hands are up here on the top of the steering wheel they’ll pop ’em. If they’re down here, they’re safer. Additionally, when you’re in the car, you want to be sure that
the way that you sit, your head hits the headrest. The headrest is designed to wind up being touched while your driving so that you wind up having less velocity developing when you’re
in a motor vehicle crash. If you’re in a crash it can wind up reducing the extent of the
injuries that you’re in, and help driving to be safer for you. Also, you want to be sure that your head doesn’t hit the ceiling. Make sure that when you’re sitting still, and looking straight ahead. You can see into both
your rear view mirror in the center of your car
as well as on the side so you can drive safely. Now these are some of the common tips that I like to give folks so that they can wind up driving safely, especially if they wind
up having neck pain. So if you, or someone you know has had problems with neck pain, or they just have a long commute, can you share this video with them? Also, if you liked it, please give us a thumbs
up and like the video. Once again, I’m Dr. Gregg Gerstin with Align Wellness Center, a chiropractor here in Northbrook, and thank you for letting me be a part of your health!

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