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    • LiveOnce
    • By LiveOnce 26th Nov 17, 8:25 PM
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    Back and neck pain from driving: Any recommendations?
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    • 26th Nov 17, 8:25 PM
    Back and neck pain from driving: Any recommendations? 26th Nov 17 at 8:25 PM
    Hello all,

    Recently I have been experiencing lots of back and neck pain from long distance driving.

    I have tried adjusting the seat and still finding my 'comfort' zone.

    Are there any things you recommend trying? Open to changing something in the car or a product that can help while I drive.

    I am fairly active and stretch regularly so this mostly happens when I drive. In the next few weeks I anticipate driving 3-4hrs a day for short term basis.
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    • ACG
    • By ACG 26th Nov 17, 8:45 PM
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    • 26th Nov 17, 8:45 PM
    Could it be the car?
    When I passed my test 6 years ago (27) I drove 4 hours in a vauxhall corsa. I got out the car knackered with an aching back.

    I do the same drive now in my current car (newer, better seats and higher up) and I am fine.

    I was 27, now 33 so hardly over the hill but I definitely notice a difference.
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    • marlot
    • By marlot 26th Nov 17, 9:12 PM
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    • 26th Nov 17, 9:12 PM
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    • 26th Nov 17, 9:12 PM
    My physio gave me some exercises. Much along the lines of these..

    Arrg - I can't get the link to work. Google arthritis research uk neck pain
    Last edited by marlot; 26-11-2017 at 9:15 PM.
    • Tiexen
    • By Tiexen 26th Nov 17, 9:23 PM
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    • 26th Nov 17, 9:23 PM
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    • 26th Nov 17, 9:23 PM
    Try this, its adjusting for safety but it might help you.

    https://youtu.be/pOWPaM2q8iQ
    • EssexExile
    • By EssexExile 26th Nov 17, 10:03 PM
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    • 26th Nov 17, 10:03 PM
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    • 26th Nov 17, 10:03 PM
    I'm with ACG, get rid of the Vauxhall.
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    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 26th Nov 17, 10:34 PM
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    • 26th Nov 17, 10:34 PM
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    • 26th Nov 17, 10:34 PM
    3 - 4 hours a day = a long drive?

    How many hours do you think an HGV driver does a day?

    If you cannot get your seat comfy then the next option is change the car.

    Puzzled why your getting neck ache though? How have you adjusted your seat?
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    • mobileron
    • By mobileron 27th Nov 17, 6:02 AM
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    • 27th Nov 17, 6:02 AM
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    • 27th Nov 17, 6:02 AM
    Just had similar problem with neck,physio told me it was a posture problem.
    I purchased from ebay a posture brace,it helped a lot with the pain.
    • knightstyle
    • By knightstyle 27th Nov 17, 8:43 AM
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    • 27th Nov 17, 8:43 AM
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    • 27th Nov 17, 8:43 AM
    Are you like me getting on a bit? I also get neck pain after a long drive and it is an age thing, cervical spondylosis. So have you consulted your doctor about it as it could be more than bad posture?
    • Notmyfault
    • By Notmyfault 27th Nov 17, 8:59 AM
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    • 27th Nov 17, 8:59 AM
    Get rid of the Vauxhall!! We have one and when we get out of it after a long journey, no more than four hours, it's like watching a comedy act!! Nether of us can walk for a few minutes. LOL.
    • missile
    • By missile 27th Nov 17, 9:27 AM
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    Try to relax the muscles and moving your neck regularly as you drive.
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    Ride hard or stay home
    • Kunoichi73
    • By Kunoichi73 27th Nov 17, 10:24 AM
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    It might be worth seeing a physio to find out if you have any specific reasons for getting the pain.

    You could try a car seat wedge like this: https://www.co-opmobility.co.uk/mobility-aids/car-mobility-aids/car-seat-supports/p/harley-car-seat-wedge?gclid=Cj0KCQiAjO_QBRC4ARIsAD2FsXP5x6OKaxmT7h GwLbyivOTTfI0Tpv2Wbc963byy01EI6eL3wMWR7MgaArY5EALw _wcB I got one of these to help with my back pain issues when driving (I also have one for my chair in work) and they are great (I have a facet joint issue).
    • sevenhills
    • By sevenhills 27th Nov 17, 10:46 AM
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    If you have a sedentary lifestyle, that will make your seating issues worse. Do a few keep fit classes every week.

    • Iceweasel
    • By Iceweasel 27th Nov 17, 10:56 AM
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    I agree that Opel/Vauxhall seats are not the most comfortable but ...

    A few hours should not be a problem.

    A 3 to 4 hour journey is NOT a long time to be driving.

    Many/most people have their seat adjusted in a less than perfect position.

    Check here before changing your car:

    https://www.driving.co.uk/car-clinic/how-can-i-make-sure-i-have-found-the-perfect-driving-position/
    • Hedgehog99
    • By Hedgehog99 27th Nov 17, 10:57 AM
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    Make sure your neck and shoulders aren't getting cold - adjust the air vents etc so they're not creating a draught that's wicking round your neck.

    Cura-Heat make neck and shoulder heat pads that you stick on your clothes (a sort of yoke shape). Other brands make stick-to-skin ones, but I prefer the stick on to clothes version. You can order them from independent pharmacies and some supermarkets' pharmacies (not B00t5). Bar code 498702018040. You can also stick them on a scarf so if it got too hot while driving, you could easily move it off yourself.
    • wymondham
    • By wymondham 27th Nov 17, 12:06 PM
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    How about a few glasses of whisky, that'll relax your muscles....

    *(before anyone comments, this is not a serious suggestion!)
    • harz99
    • By harz99 29th Nov 17, 5:27 PM
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    Hello all,

    Recently I have been experiencing lots of back and neck pain from long distance driving.

    I have tried adjusting the seat and still finding my 'comfort' zone.

    Are there any things you recommend trying? Open to changing something in the car or a product that can help while I drive.

    I am fairly active and stretch regularly so this mostly happens when I drive. In the next few weeks I anticipate driving 3-4hrs a day for short term basis.
    Originally posted by LiveOnce

    Car make and model, your age, your height and build, would all help to give better advice.


    For instance I'm over 65, 6 feet 1 inch tall and heavy build with long legs. I also suffered same sort of problems as you describe, eventually found the right car for me, but have recently tried to find a replacement as my car is getting worn and as yet no luck.


    So more info please.
    • harz99
    • By harz99 29th Nov 17, 5:29 PM
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    Also, all this talk about Vauxhall's? The OP has not stated what he/she drives yet...
    • EssexExile
    • By EssexExile 29th Nov 17, 6:50 PM
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    Also, all this talk about Vauxhall's? The OP has not stated what he/she drives yet...
    Originally posted by harz99
    Sorry, a bit of sarcasm on my part which seems to have caught on. Many years ago Vauxhall went on about their wonderful special ergonomic seating designed by chiropractors or something similar, it was particularly uncomfortable. I abandoned a test drive half way through & walked back to the dealer rather than drive on.
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    • LiveOnce
    • By LiveOnce 3rd Dec 17, 7:31 PM
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    Hi all,

    I am 30 and fairly active and have a decent diet / lifestyle where I run / swim or gym 3 times a week.

    Reading some of the stuff on the web:
    > I adjusted my seat
    > Removed wallet from my back pocket when driving
    > My car is warm (reading the suggestion here)

    But I still get pain around back of my neck and middle of the back on the side of the spine.

    Never had this issue normally and occurring since driving.

    I have to drive 4hrs a day for next 6 months. How can I make it less painful?

    Buying a new car is not an option as I cannot afford it (current is a decent Japanesse brand).
    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 3rd Dec 17, 8:02 PM
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    Adjusted your seat using which method?
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