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Driver Back Problems

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Back problems are a big deal for people who spend their lives on the road. Truckers spend long hours sitting in uncomfortable positions while the road rumbles under them. This prolonged rumbling can lead to long-term back pain and serious muscle issues.

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But the situation isn’t hopeless. Many companies are on the case and are dedicated to taking care of back pain. If you drive a truck for a living and are worried about the damaging your career is doing to your back, don’t panic; there are a number of products on the market to put your mind—not to mention your back and neck—at rest .

Seat Cushions

Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best. A good seat cushion might be all it takes to ease the repetitive stress that trucking drives into your back. The basic idea isn’t too hard to understand: a soft seat feels good. Hard seats are never comfortable, and once you factor in bumpy roads, high speeds, and the slouching that drivers inevitably sink into over the course of the day, a hard seat will brutalize your back.

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Long term strain can lead to back injuries. While the most important steps you can take to keep your back healthy are posture and exercise based, a good cushion can help you take essential steps toward lasting back muscle health.

The Chair You Wear

The Chair You Wear is a product from Canada designed for people in any situation who spend long hours sitting or lifting. This device wraps around the wearer’s body, providing support for several regions of the body.

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Lumbar support is absolutely crucial for back care. Lumbar support is clinically proven to improve posture and prevent back injuries. With the Chair You Wear, you’ll get some strong support. Its system of belts and straps is simple to use and easy to take on and off. It will also enable to drive without hassle; you don’t want to go driving a powerful machine with your motion restricted, and with this product, you won’t have to.

Other similar products are out there as well. Remember to consult with your doctor before doing anything drastic; the back is a mysterious object, and it may take an expert to fix things properly.

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Heated Seats

If your company is okay with you tricking out your truck, this is the feature for you. (If you can get your company to pay for this feature, that would, of course, be even better! It may be worth mentioning to your boss that back injuries are among the most highly reported workplace injuries there are) Heated seats get cheaper with every passing year, so even if this seems like a luxury at the moment, hold on for a few years. This will be a standard feature soon.

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Heated seats will relax your back muscles. When you’re driving around with a warm blanketed chair covering your back, you’ll be happy and laid back. Your back muscles will be at ease, leading to fewer injuries and a general sense of peace.

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