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Poor driving posture a pain in the neck

Wed, 28 May 2014

THE WRONG driving position could be putting millions of commuters' health at risk, according to a major physiotherapists' organisation.

Drivers who don’t adjust their car seat and steering wheel to suit their individual needs are risking significant further problems, says the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

Latest census figures for England and Wales reveal that almost two-thirds of workers (15.3 million) commute by car and the CSP says poor driving posture is a key factor that can lead to musculoskeletal problems such as back and neck pain.

Left untreated, minor discomfort can lead to a more serious problem that could even force an employee off on sick leave.

To combat this problem, the CSP has produced ‘Drive Free of Pain’ – a step-by-step guide that includes advice for drivers on ensuring they have the correct car set-up, ways to improve posture and some simple stretches for when drivers take a break from the wheel.

Chartered Physiotherapist Joshua Catlett said: “Both people and cars come in different shapes and sizes and no one size fits all.

“Most people understand the importance of ensuring that their office workstation is individually suited to them but the car is often overlooked.

“It is so important to be aware of your posture when driving. Persistent poor sitting posture can contribute to musculoskeletal pain and discomfort."

By Press Association reporter