“Driving long distances is one of the worst things for your body”

November 14th, 2007 - 10:24 am ICT by admin  

The study, led by Diane Gyi included Brian McIlwraith, an osteopath who specialises in car ergonomics and team.

In the research it was found that at least half of high-mileage business drivers suffer from pains in their lower back from sitting or slouching.

“Driving long distances is one of the worst things you can do to your body,” Times Online quoted McIlwraith, as saying.

“There’s a tendency for you to be forced into a slumped position, so your back is bent, putting pressure on the hips, lower back and intervertebral discs,” he said.

McIlwraith said that the other potential dangers included stretching to reach steering wheels or pedals, and the way you pull yourself out of your seat.

A recent study had suggested that a fifth of men regularly experience muscle and joint pain or discomfort due to driving, which makes motoring, a cause of aches and pains.

The study also suggested that those who drove for more than four hours a day or 25,000 miles a year were six times more likely to take sick leave for a back injury than those who drove less.

Gyi said that she was hoping to publish guidelines for businesses and motorists by the end of next year.

“Driving enforces a constrained posture, but in addition the car is increasingly being used as a mobile workplace,” she said. (ANI)

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