Studies of professional car drivers have revealed that 50% suffer with back pain at any given time. This high number has been found true amongst many leisure drivers who also experience back pain when in the car, particularly on long journeys.
This site aims to help individual drivers manage their pain when driving and look at the car back support options currently available on the market.
What causes car back pain ?
There are essentially three factors that may contribute to back pain in the car.
1. Sitting posture.
Unlike sitting in a chair at home, when seated in a car there are other pressures being exerted on the body such as the motion of the car, using the foot pedals and turning. These factors can contribute to increased pressure on the cervical, thoracic or lumbar regions of the back.
2. Vibrations from the car.
The lower back can be effected from the vibrations of the car engine which causes higher spinal loading (compression). This can lead to an increased chance of back pain.
3. The length of time spent in the car
Driving long journeys, either for work of pleasure reasons means sitting in the same position for long periods of time. Out of the car, if a sitting position feels uncomfortable we can get up and move about, but not so easily when driving. This means that the pressure being exerted on the back remains so for extended periods of time, thus causing addional pressure and pain