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Tip – Driving

01 November 2012

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DRIVING HURTS

Driving your car can be a cause of back and neck pain. Thousands of people every month will visit a chiropractor with injuries that are aggravated or caused by a bad driving posture.

Those at risk are the people who not only spend long periods of time in the car, but also those who make  frequent short journeys in the car.

Research has identified the 3 groups most at risk:

School Run Mums

  • Turning round and twisting to deal with children in the back – twisting to such a degree whilst sitting down is potentially damaging because your spine twists but your pelvis and legs are anchored.
  • Having to reach into the car to lift children and school bags – the further away the weight is, the more strain on your back.

Reps on the Road

  • Your attire – suits can restrict movement, and shiny soled shoes could clip off pedals, whilst high heels cause you to over extend your ankle.
  • The amount of time spent in the car – not just driving but also using laptops whilst stationary. Rotating in your seat to use your laptop, or to complete paperwork, will put pressure on your spine.
  • Lifting samples and equipment in and out of the car – bending from waist increases stress on your lower back.

Taxi/Commercial Drivers

  • Sitting still in vehicle for long periods of time as it reduces the blood flow to the muscles and joints, increasing incidence of pain and fatigue.
  • Vans boast a great deal of space in the back, but drivers space is limited and inflexible.
  • Suffering stress due to time pressures for delivery drivers and passenger pressures for taxi drivers!
  • Lifting and handling heavy items.

AVOIDING STRESS FROM DRIVING

Correct Posture

Ensure that your thighs at 90 degrees or more in relation to your body. A lot of cars these days have bucket seats which promote a cramped position of knees higher then hips which is not ideal. A seating wedge may help with this. Also, ensure that the pedals are not too far away (stretching your legs out excessively) or too close (causing a cramped position). Also, make sure the roof is high enough so you are not slumping to see through the windscreen.

Car Design

As discussed above bucket seats can be a problem. Also some cars can have doors that are very heavy and open beyond arms reach ,so you have to twist and reach excessively to close the car door.

Advice for All Drivers

  • Relax – a relaxed driving position reduces stress on the spine, allow your seat to take your weight.
  • Make adjustments – if you share a car, make sure you adjust the seat position to suit you when you get in. Make sure the seat is slightly backwards so that it feels natural and that your elbows are at a comfortable and relaxed angle.
  • Take regular breaks – you should stop and stretch your legs (and arms!) at least every two hours.
  • Cletch your cheeks – if you are stuck in traffic exercise in your seat. Try buttock clenches, side bends and shoulder shrugs and circles.
  • Unload – walk around the vehicle before unloading rather than stretching behind you.
  • It’s all in the timing – allow plenty of time for your journeys to avoid stress.
  • MOT your body – we regularly MOT our cars, do the same for your spine – visit a chiropractor to make sure you are sitting correctly and safely.
  • Pain is a warning sign do not ignore it.

If you feel driving your car could be causing you a problem, phone or come in for a chat and/or free MOT examination. Please ring 0113 228 9888 to book.

Yours in Health,

Mark Butterworth

Our Clients

Mourya Varma
Mourya Varma
20:27 24 Jan 19
Having previously had chiropractic treatment a long time ago, I know how important it is to find a good chiropractor who you are going to trust with your body and schedule regular treatment with. The treatment costs are reasonable and considering this practice is one of the best in Leeds and the work they do, the expertise and knowledge they have I believe its worth every penny. I have been at the gym for over a year, I have moved house and really pushed my body to the limit and this has caused me tremendous pain in my hip flexor and lower back along with stress! I made my initial appointment and got to the practice. The reception team were very friendly and professional. Mark has been amazing so far and I continue regular ongoing treatment. I can not recommend this practice enough, I've told all my friends and family about it.read more
Laura Dosil
Laura Dosil
09:27 23 Nov 18
I always go there when I'm miserable and in pain and I leave not only with less pain, but also more relaxed. Letitia always explains everything I need to do at home to get better, and it's always the best advice.read more
Silvia Tarchi
Silvia Tarchi
07:34 07 Nov 18
I have been struggling for many years with back pain and hip pain. Tried may different approaches with zero results. My GP told me to try a Chiropractor and i remember a few years back it had helped me. So i found Headingley Chiropractic Clinic and have been going now for a couple of months, what a change!! I have almost no pain, i walk so much better and managed to get myself back to the gym. I have more energy and am so happy that my sciatic pain is almost gone! Mark has been absolutely wonderful for the very beginning and i find going there very relaxing and always walk out feeling great. The team at the reception is also very welcoming and they remember you by name. I would definitely recommend this practise! They are also very accommodating with the times so that the sessions don t take time away from work.read more
Francesca de Bernart
Francesca de Bernart
21:24 25 Oct 18
In just a few sessions Mark fixed me and I am back to a free from pain and happy life again. I couldn’t ask for more, I didn’t expect it to work so well and so fast, after months of severe pain. I would definitely recommend it to everybody and will always be grateful to my friend Marianthi who suggested it to me in the first place. Mark is extremely professional and luckily really able to help, where anyone else and everything else (gp, drugs ...) failed. Highly recommended +++read more
Steve Larkin
Steve Larkin
18:36 23 Oct 18
I was struggling for several months with pain passing down my left arm from the shoulder, along with pins and needles and poor mobility. Six short sessions with Mark over four weeks had me cured.read more
Ana Filipa Neto
Ana Filipa Neto
09:10 11 Oct 18
I’ve had sciatica problems before that caused severe back spasms and inability to walk. I’ve seen other chiropractors for this and got worse and therefore scared to ever go again. When I was about 3 months pregnant this happened and I literally couldn’t move! The pain was enormous and because I still had 6 months to go, I thought I really needed to find help! I went on Google and found this clinic that had good reviews for normal Chiro treatments but had someone specialised in pregnancy care. I rang the clinic to make sure she had other experience as I was so traumatised! The receptionist was a dear and said not to worry, she had plenty of pregnant ladies coming in and all very happy with the treatment! It was the best decision I’ve ever made! Dr Laetitia was very understanding, supportive and a great professional overall. I couldn’t walk and after the first session I was able to walk home, about an hour walk, I couldn’t believe it! I’m very grateful for all her care, I recommend her treatment all the time! Even my midwife was surprised and started recommending it to other ladies! Very happy! I’m looking forward to keep up with the treatments in due course!read more
darren dobson
darren dobson
17:00 04 Oct 18
Mark is brilliant. He has fixed me so many times when my GP couldn't! The best chiropractor in Leeds.
Pawel Koziorowski
Pawel Koziorowski
12:33 28 Sep 18
I had excruciating pain in my back and i turned to Headingley Chiropractic Clinic which helped me 6 years ago as well. Chiropractor Mark took good care of me which included effective treatment and exercises to prevent the problems in the future and to strengthen my core muscles. I would recommend this clinic to anybody as they are very professional and nice to work with. 5 stars without a doubtread more
yosef Habib Hafiz
yosef Habib Hafiz
20:26 21 Aug 18
Professional place, clean, friendly and reasonably priced. I’ve had costochondritis for over 4 years now & pain in the sciatic nerve. Mark does a really good job. I was amazed at how he got rid of that nasty sciatic pain with his skilful acupuncture session. As for my complicated costochondritis issue. The flare has died down significantly after a couple of sessions. I’m now able to have many good night’s of sleep. Along with his excellent work and the NHS checkups combined, I hope to treat it once and for all. Verdict: Would recommend.read more
Keith Gordon
Keith Gordon
13:20 11 Jul 18
Second review from me, but Google asked. In my particular case, I think 10 visits to a physiotherapist is equivalent to just one here with Sarah. Again, a brilliant session - feel and move so much better, thank you.read more
Helen Frazer
Helen Frazer
22:50 12 May 18
Great treatment provided and explanation for what/why need - great approach to help patients understand root cause and self help to prevent re-occurrence. 👍read more
Alex Barry
Alex Barry
23:42 23 Apr 18
Absolutely fantastic. Caring and genuinely want to help
Keith Gordon
Keith Gordon
06:33 25 Feb 18
The best chiropractor I have visited in 25 years- Sarah is excellent and very professional. Throughly recommended over all others I have visited.
Marian Gheorghe
Marian Gheorghe
21:40 08 Feb 18
I came to see Mark Butterworth agonising with back pain, including lower back and the neck. Both, the entire spine and muscles around the neck were stiff and painful, making me unable to sit, stand and sleep more than a couple of hours over night. Mark assessed me very thoroughly and professionally, prescribing at the end a treatment over several weeks. After two weeks, my situation significantly improved: the muscles becoming more relaxed, spine more flexible and my entire body more able to move freely, without pain. The progress is obvious. Mark is not only very knowledgeable and professional, but also methodic in what is doing, caring about any detail and providing advice when requested. I would recommend Mark and his colleagues without any hesitation as one of the best clinics of this type I have ever encountered.read more
Mohammed Zabair
Mohammed Zabair
20:05 18 Jan 18
Very thorough and very informative, Highly professional yet relaxed atmosphere. Tea and coffee offered on several occasions, just made the whole experience very pleasant. Mr Butterworth is very knowledgeable and passionate about his craft. Highly recommended A+++read more
Iram Ali
Iram Ali
23:24 10 Nov 17
After months of being in pain, I went to see Mark at the Headingley Chiropractic Clinic. I can honestly say it has made a huge difference. I may have a while before I'm 100% but I definitely feel like I have some normality back in my life. Oh and Stephanie is a godsend with her cups of coffee :)read more
thornton andrew
thornton andrew
09:27 13 Sep 17
I retired from work in 2012 and had terrible back problems from not sitting correctly at computers. Mark gradually manipulated the muscles back into something like normality and I now go once a month to keep the muscles freed up and have a completely pain free existence. I have also had a long standing knee problem going back to a leg break in 1987. Mark actually managed to manipulate the joint back into line and since then i have had no problems with either my knee or hip, thus avoiding potential surgery. I cannot speak highly enough of the entire practice, all the staff are charming and couldn't be more helpful. Worth every penny for a pain free life. Many thanks to all the staff.read more
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