I have created this section to provide assistance for daily living and other activities in the face of spinal oriented problems and symptoms. These are some of the simplest and best things you can do to improve your spine and to reduce the need for, or complement formal medical treatment. I hope they help you! Please share any feedback you may have.
– Dr. Gross
DRIVEN FOR LESS PAIN WHILE DRIVING
Many of us spend more time in our vehicle(s) than we would like. Most vehicular seats are not well designed for comfort, let alone optimized for spinal safety. The same can be said about airline seats. I have specifically identified a few affordable products to assist with reducing spinal pain while in a car or airline car. These simple products may be also considered for prolonged seating at home or in the office.
Please take note of the recommended support pillows for the cervical (neck) region, which will assist with the maintenance of proper supportive posture while in a seat. Very few of us rest our head on the seat headrest, so it is advised to always position that device properly. These devices should not be a reasons to avoid turning the neck and looking around to change safely lanes, however.
Vehicle seats sometime come with lumbar support, but rarely is that an adequate amount. The lumbar support devices shown below were selected to provided a more substantial amount of support and comfort for the lower back while seated. The wedge shaped pillow is often useful to reduce “sciatic” pressure, separately from the lumbar support pillow.
Mid and lower back, and sacroiliac (S.I.) joints
In addition to the above-listed supplementary seat devices, I highly recommend the following therapeutic balls for mid, lower back, and sacroiliac joint area pain, particularly while driving. One or two are placed in problematic areas and you can move slightly around the ball for a pressure point massage. These can be used from the mid-back to the lower back and pelvic joints.