If you’ve been in a car accident, one of the tougher things to do is get back behind the wheel. Some people have emotional and mental troubles getting back behind the wheel. Today, we’re going to look at physical pain, how it can hinder getting back behind the wheel after an accident, and some car technologies that can help alleviate pain while driving.
Highly Adjustable Seats
Most car seats can move forward or backward and adjust the tilt of the seatback, but some cars are more adjustable than others. If you suffer from back pain and you are in the market for a new vehicle, look for a vehicle that has a fine tuned seat adjustment system.
Seats with a cupped or a curved design have also been shown to be better for back pain. The curved design allows more of your back and shoulders to touch the seat, which helps with weight distribution. The more of your back that’s touching the seat, the more the pressure is dispersed.
Some cars come equipped with heated seats, which are good for more than just toasting your buns during a cold Minnesota day. The heated seat can help relax your back muscles, which can help alleviate pain and discomfort.
Some luxury cars even come equipped with built-in massaging systems. Pulse or wave your back pain away with a relaxing massage. You’ll have to pay extra for this option, but if you have chronic back pain and you drive a lot, it may be worth it.
If a lot of different people ride or drive your vehicle, you’re not going to want to mess with adjusting your seat every time you get in the car. Some vehicles come with memory settings that position your seat to your exact specifications with the push of a button. It’s another luxury item worth considering.
PT of Costa Rican National Soccer Team for 2007 World Cup in Victoria, CAN. Clinical Instructor for University of Minnesota Doctor of Physical Therapy Affiliations
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