If you suffer from sciatica, there are some things you can do to reduce the pain while driving. The following advice will allow you to tackle even long distances with less discomfort. Here’s our top three tips for sciatica pain relief while driving.
Buying the right car
Before you even think about driving, the right car is the first place you need to start. If you have back problems, a low slung, small three door hatchback may not be the right choice for you. You want something with reasonable ground clearance which you can get in and out of comfortably, and something that has a high boot to make getting luggage and bags out much easier.
When inside, a supportive and adjustable seat is essential, as is an adjustable steering wheel. If you can’t get comfortable sitting still, you’ve no hope of being comfortable on the move.
Take regular breaks
It seems an obvious one but when we go on road trips we’re so often consumed with getting to our destination at a particular time that we’ll neglect the comfort of the journey itself. It’s important that you schedule regular times to stop the car and get out so you can have a decent stretch and ideally a little walk around.
Incorporate this into other essential reasons to stop like getting fuel, bathroom breaks, or needing to get food and drink. If necessary, leave home earlier to give yourself ample time to rest while you’re on the move.
Invest in some equipment
Spending a few extra pounds buying the right equipment can take the misery out of a journey quicker than you would expect. There are a wide variety of products specifically designed to help manage and minimise sciatica pain while driving.
Specialist products that have been developed for use in the car need to be lightweight and easily portable, as well as having a smaller footprint to fit more comfortably in the tighter space of a car seat. They’re a comparatively small investment compared to the improved comfort they provide.