Spending long hours in the car as you and your cross country movers make the trek to your new home can irritate your back, especially if you're the one at the wheel. While you can't change the fact that sitting for an extended period of time is not ideal for your spine, you can help to make the journey more comfortable.
Adjust Your Seat
A great deal of back pain results from how your seat is positioned. EveryDayHealth.com recommends keeping your seat closer to the wheel and putting it at an angle that's between 100 and 110 degrees.
Stretch and Move
Cramped back muscles can be a cause for back discomfort during your journey. Schedule routine stops along the way so you can walk (or run) around and do a few standing back stretches.
Keep it Cool
A good way to relieve tension while driving is to apply something cold to your lower back muscles. Bring a cooler filled with ice and ice packs that you can wrap up in a towel and apply regularly.
Get Lumbar Support
Your back may start aching, according to SpineHealth.com, due to a lack of support on the inward curve of your lower spine. There are specific pillows you can buy for lumbar support, or you can use a folded-up sweatshirt or jacket