Most of our daily activities and routines cause us to get behind the wheel, to get us from one place to another. Some people have jobs that even require them to be in the car for most of the day. Driving has become a big part of our lives, and we keep going with the flow. The unfortunate news about driving, however, is that it can put strain on our back and start to cause backpain. When we sit down in a car, we overtax our lumbar spine, which can refer pain and discomfort in other places of the body. Our back muscles are pulled and put into a constant position that cannot be supported while we drive. And though, we all try to maintain perfect posture, it gets harder as we get older and it’s a challenge to keep your head high in a moving vehicle. On top of that, the vibration of our vehicle impacts our whole body, causing frequencies that put more pressure on our back. When we experience whole-body vibrations, other conditions may protude, such as, sciatica and lower back pain. And with our feet on the pedals, they are not able to support nor stablize our lower body. As a result, we are straining our entire backside when we sit in a car, and that pain can start to run down our leg. To go further, we also have to keep our hands on the wheel, which creates a whole other issue.
In a typical day, most people will drive, get on their phone, work at a computer or write some notes down on paper. We go with the flow to keep it going, but we don’t always do it with intention and keep our head up. This constant motion and position that we use to handle what is in front of us is, really, pulling our shoulders forward. Our shoulders need to support our arms and hands, so subconsiously, they lean into the movement. And overtime, our body will try to adjust to that position, pulling our neck forward and causing a hunchback. The pectoralis major is attached to the clavicle and it becomes shortened as the shoulders are pulled in the front. And when the pec major is shortened, in this case, muscles of the scapula are being lengthened, also affecting the levator scapulae. So with our everyday tasks, we have put quite some pressure on our body.
How can massage make driving easier and the body feel better?
We put different types of stresses on our body every single day. Some may be the stress of work, and a lot will be when we ask our body to keep up. Really though, this is awesome and it’s a great thing that we keep the good times rollin’. Keep the body feeling awesome, too, and take care of it. Start your morning with some light stretching, get your blood flowing and joints moving. Also, walk as much as possible, take a break from the desk when you can, and smooth out aches and pains with massage. Our body was designed to climb a mountain top. Every move we make, however, does move through our body and that’s when we build up knots and make muscles tight. The best way to work out these knots and get the muscles feeling good is by caring for them. We can care for our muscles by stretching them out, strengthening them and manipulating the soft tissue, which is massage. Massage improves the muscle fibers and helps to repair the fascia, the covering of our muscles that gets tighter as we work harder. Massage helps to smooth out the muscle fibers and get blood and nutrients flowing. With proper circulation and nutrients, our muscles are able to recover and revive and start feeling great again. Our body does so much for us. The least we can do is take the best care of it.