With a little bit of awareness and intent you can easily, safely transform the time that you have to spend driving. It’s not the ‘Sunday Drives’ that affect your health as much as the repetitive situations you find yourself in day after day and bad driving habits are the worst.
While your vehicle is hurtling through space on the way to your destination, your body is settling into familiar patterns. Your breathing is most likely very shallow and your spine is perhaps bent, tensed or tilted as you lean on one hip or one arm. Each of these is not a problem in them selves but, if repeated over extended periods of time, may take a toll on your health. Doing Yoga in your car with Drivetime Yoga can help you stay healthy, flexible and avoid injury from bad driving habits.
Julie Garner, Physical Therapist and Ergonomic Consultant,suggests that “when you do something too long, it’s bound to cause wear and tear, stress andstrain. You need movement to stay healthy”. Introducing small, easy, yoga exercises into your driving can make a lot of difference. Below are descriptions of a two different syndromes that can be eased by practicing Drivetime Yoga and using Ergonomic awareness. The full article, drawn from the Drivetime Yoga award-winning CD, is available online
Julie Garner, Physical Therapist and Ergonomic Consultant,suggests that “when you do something too long, it’s bound to cause wear and tear, stress and strain. You need movement to stay healthy”. Introducing small, easy, yoga exercises into your driving can make a lot of difference. Below are descriptions of a two different syndromes that can be eased by practicing Drivetime Yoga and using Ergonomic awareness.
Carpal Tunnel and Ulnar Deviation:
If you work or play on your computer much, you’re wrists may already ache often. Carpal tunnel problems (aggravation of nerves running through the wrist) are avoidable. While driving you’re susceptible to some of the same tensions and in Drivetime Yoga you’ll find several finger and wrist exercises to do while driving to avoid injury.
Try this to avoid Ulnar Deviation:
1. Don’t bend or tilt your wrists out unnecessarily while holding the steering wheel:
2. Hold the wheel with your hands comfortably at the 3 and 9 o’clock positions, keeping your wrists fluid and letting your elbows drop slightly.
3. Always keep in mind to ‘go where you feel the most control’, driving safely and loosen up with a stretch from time to time.
Try this to avoid Thoracic Outlet Syndrome:
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome:
Imagine ‘cruisers’ low riding or tall drivers with their seats tilted way back and their necks craned forward. Then you have a mental picture of the Goose Neck pose that can lead to Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. When you drive with your arms up high or outstretched, it can cause tension in the area at the front of your shoulder and under the collar bone. Nerves and blood vessels pass through there and into the arm.
1. Remember to keep your arms relaxed and your seat comfortably erect, allowing your spine to be supported while easily straight.
2. Adjust your seat in closer to the steering wheel, so your arm joints can bend and flex.
I hope that was helpful. Part 2 of this article is coming in the next edition.