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Old 11-20-2017, 06:48 PM   #1
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Sore back from driving

As much as I am looking forward to our upcoming adventures I also know that when I get to where I am going I will look like someone from the “Walking Dead”. How do folks handle stiffness and sore backs after driving for longer periods?

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Old 11-20-2017, 06:56 PM   #2
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Heated seats and stopping to stretch fairly often.

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Old 11-20-2017, 06:58 PM   #3
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piling on: I stop almost hourly, stretch, walk and it helps a good deal. The other thing that helps me is a heated seat. There was a time when I thought this was luxury item but it really seems to make a difference so you might consider this option if you happen to be vehicle shopping.

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Old 11-20-2017, 07:00 PM   #4
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I'm embracing pain seems like my body aches all the time. Its better when I'm active but when ever i stop moving and sit for a while i ache like I'm old - but i guess i am getting old. The Dr said i have arthritis in all my joints. When i drive i try to stop and walk around when i can also good lumber support is helpful.
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Old 11-20-2017, 07:02 PM   #5
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yes i have a heated seat too and i love it!
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Old 11-20-2017, 07:19 PM   #6
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Never thought of heated seats, might have to try them on the next truck. Best I can do now is stop every couple hours and get out of the car, which I usually have to do for other reasons. I also use an inch or so thick memory foam seat cushion. It's more my butt or sciatic nerve that get to me after 6 or so hours, last truck it was the lower back.
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Old 11-20-2017, 07:25 PM   #7
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I can empathize with Fox hunt , I also have arthritis in my joints ,especially my knees , hips and small of my back. I find that heated seats , lumbar support and getting out to walk every two hours helps immensely.
We once made the mistake of taking a long road trip in my wife's Pontiac G6 . On several occasions when arriving at our destination I had trouble exiting our vehicle .I literally had to fall out of the car onto the ground and crawl around until I was able to stand up with my wife's help.
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Old 11-20-2017, 07:27 PM   #8
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You can buy heated seat covers.
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Old 11-20-2017, 07:50 PM   #9
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Heated seats, adjustable lumbar support, adjustable pedals, heated steering wheel, cruise control all help with long distance driving. I always try out the tow vehicle for comfort before buying as a comfortable seat makes for an enjoyable trip. In addition compression socks also help with leg cramps.
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Old 11-20-2017, 08:06 PM   #10
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I have a sciatic nerve problem that affects my hip and foot that worsens when pushing the accelerator over long trips. I find daily stretching is the most effective over taking anti-inflammatories or heat (90/90 hip flexor stretch and a seated hip stretch).

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