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Summer Travel

Posted by Vicki Buchanan, PT on 07/05/2011

When you travel by car, remember to adjust your seat to a position that keeps your hips and knees at 90 degree angle. Most built in lumbar supports aren't quite large enough to support the small of your back, so add a small towel rolled up to fill up the space in the small of your back to support the lumbar spine and keep your pelvis in a slight forward tilt. Avoid drawing your left leg back toward your seat which puts a twist in your pelvis and lumbar spine gradually shortening the muscles of your lower back on the left side. It is important to allow plenty of travel time and plan in frequent breaks to stop and stretch your spine. During breaks, stand and place your hands in the small of your back and gently lean backwards to reverse the curve of your back.