While truck seats have improved tremendously over the years, sitting in one position for an extended period of time can still put strain on your back. The vibration of the truck causes your spinal discs to lose fluid, which also contributes to back pain. Here are some tips and exercises to take care of your back while on the road.
Make sure you are sitting in an upright position during the drive. Sitting slumped causes your spine to take a ‘C’ shape, and it puts pressure on your vertebrae. Being aware of your posture is an easy way to experience less back pain.
When you do have a chance to stop and take a break on the road, make sure to focus on stretching your spine. Ideally, you should stretch your spine at the beginning and end of the day. The best way to stretch your back is with spinal decompression. To do this, hold onto something study (table, wall, even the side of the truck) and squat with your feet together, heels, flat, and knees wide apart. Lean back and go squat down as far you can go while still being comfortable.
In addition, drinking lots of water can improve your back pain. You have heard it from previous NTB blogs, but we will say it here again: water is the answer to everything. Water is needed to rehydrate your disks, which is crucial for truck drivers because of the large amount of fluid lost from the vibration.
Next time you are on the road, try out some of these tips to achieve a healthier back! Click here to learn more about how you can join the trucking team at NTB.