Ergonomic Tips for Driving

Sitting posture is an important component to avoid or manage neck and back problems. Prolonged sitting, especially in a car, is a common cause of spinal pain. Proper adjustment of your car seat can make a big difference in your comfort while commuting to work and your other activities. To Adjust the Car Seat: Sit … Continue reading “Ergonomic Tips for Driving”

Sitting posture is an important component to avoid or manage neck and back problems. Prolonged sitting, especially in a car, is a common cause of spinal pain. Proper adjustment of your car seat can make a big difference in your comfort while commuting to work and your other activities.

To Adjust the Car Seat:

  1. Sit all the way back into the seat, approximating your buttock with the back rest.
  2. Adjust the seat height as high as possible so your hips are at least as high as your knees. Be sure you can see the road and instruments.
  3. Tilt your seat forward to make the seat horizontal or tilted slightly downward.  This will help to raise the hips to equal or higher than the knees and decrease pressure on your spine.
  4. Adjust the seat forward so you can reach and completely depress the foot pedals without your back moving away from the seat. Your elbows should be bent when hands are placed on the steering wheel. Having to reach to the steering wheel increases the pressure on the lumbar spine and can cause stress in the neck, shoulders, and wrists.
  5. Your feet should be relaxed with your heels on the floor and the balls of your feet able to press the pedals.  The left foot should be placed on the footrest whenever you are not using the clutch (if driving a manual transmission) as this increases the support to both your pelvis and back.
  6. The back of your seat should be inclined to an angle of 100-110 degrees.
  7. Most cars have an adjustable lumbar support.  Adjust this cushion to fill the gap between the seat and your lower back.  You can use a rolled towel or small pillow if the car does not have a built-in support.

Adjusting your car seat can really make a positive difference. The correct seat position will make you and your spine much happier.

A New Take on an Old Technique

Keeping up on all the latest techniques, last month two of IPT’s physical therapists, Jennifer Muir and Dr. Jared Brown attended a technique course on Instrumented Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization. What is it? – IASTM has come to mean any type of tool assisted massage. It is a manual therapy technique using specially designed instruments … Continue reading “A New Take on an Old Technique”

Keeping up on all the latest techniques, last month two of IPT’s physical therapists, Jennifer Muir and Dr. Jared Brown attended a technique course on Instrumented Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization.

What is it? – IASTM has come to mean any type of tool assisted massage. It is a manual therapy technique using specially designed instruments to release tight tissue (muscle knots) and adhesions (scar tissue). IASTM has recently become a popular technique but has been used in western medicine since the mid 90’s and has actually been around for thousands of years evolving from a Chinese medicine technique called Gua Sha.

What does it do? – There are four ways IASTM affects tissue and the healing process

1. Neurophysiological effects – stimulates the nervous system, initiating

the natural healing process of tissue

2. Mechanotransduction – mechanical stimulus using pressure to affect biological change and tissue repair

3. Breaking of Cross-Links – releases fascial restrictions

4. Fluid dynamics – improves circulation, reduces swelling

Why choose IASTM?

Studies are showing immediate improvements in range of motion, strength and pain perception following treatment. IASTM is commonly used for soft-tissue injuries involving muscles, tendons, and ligaments such as strains and sprains.  Great for chronic conditions (ie achilles tendonitis, tennis elbow, hamstring strains, IT band syndrome) IASTM can have great immediate results to regaining mobility, improving tissue tension, speeding up the healing process and returning to sports faster.

Next time you are at Innovative Physical Therapy ask about IASTM, give it a try and see the results!