Driving in the car for hours can pose some extra challenges if you have back pain so make sure you:
• Take the time to make sure you are comfortable from the moment you set off on your trip. The smallest irritant in the beginning of your trip can turn into raging pain hours later.
• If your car seat provides little back support, use a ‘seat wedge’ to elevate your hips so they are higher than your knees. There are many specialized cushions and pillows available for purchase that can help with sciatica pain or provide support for the neck, lumbar spine, bottom, and full body.
• Don’t sit on your wallet, cell phone, or anything else that may throw your spine out of its natural position.
• Sit up straight with your knees slightly lower than your hips, and keep your chin pulled in.
• Since staying still is bad for your back, don’t just pick a position and stay in it. Rather, adjust your position slightly every 15 to 20 minutes.
• Stop regularly to stretch your legs, back and neck.