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Old 06-12-2006, 11:19 AM   #1
Theron Mathis
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My hips hurt periodically, especially the right one. I think a lot of it is how much time I spend driving.

Any advice on proper driving posture. Should I get one of those cool beaded seats? :-) Or just a pillow behind my back?
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Old 06-12-2006, 01:59 PM   #2
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I have the same problem, I've been told from others its due to sitting to low in the seat, which most car manufacturers don't even allow you to alleviate, due to the angle the bottom cushion is at. I've managed to find a car with good lumbar support and fully adjustable seats, problem all but solved, except for long rides, 5-6 hours+, it hasn't occurred yet in the new car.
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Old 06-12-2006, 04:13 PM   #3
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I found one thing that helped me was to take my wallet out of my back pocket for long drives. It subtly shifts the hips out of alignment and can cause fatigue and pain.

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Old 06-12-2006, 04:56 PM   #4
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Wallet out of pocket (same for plane flights), use dead foot for left foot.
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Old 06-12-2006, 07:50 PM   #5
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Hey I have the same deal, get a volvo it is like sitting in an easy chair with great lumbar support.
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Old 06-13-2006, 05:05 AM   #6
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I currently have the same problem with our Subaru. The driver's seat is harder than the passenger seat...and my hip only hurts / burns while driving! I rented an Altima the other day, big soft seats...no pain!

I think it may have to do with the stiffness of the seat. It maybe that a hip is tilted, out of place, rotated...whatever. Probably something to do with hip girdle alignement.

My thoughts on the subject.
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Old 06-13-2006, 07:07 AM   #7
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http://www.tpmassageball.com/LDLS.php

For a long drive, this "block" for the left leg (discussed in link above,) and a McKenzie lumbar roll, and I'm much better off. ( I acutally found a "yoga block" to work just as well.)

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Old 06-13-2006, 07:13 AM   #8
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However, no substitute for "GTG", frequent JM breaks, for long term sitting. Especially important in long air travel I think to prevent DVTs. ( McKenzie standing back extensioins, BW squats, cossacks, hamstring stretches, twists, hip rolls, leg swings, lunges, whatever, etc...)
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Old 06-13-2006, 07:27 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone. Great suggestions.

I did some internet research on the topic and the following sums what most "experts" agree on:

1. Knees should be parallel or slightly higher than hips.
2. Don't let your legs drift to the side too much, especially if it makes you foot shift to its side.
3. Sit as close to the wheel as safely as possible. No closer than 10 in according to the air bag folks.
4. Use lumbar support if necessary. sit with chest out and shoulders bags (sounds like the approach to cleans, snatches, etc.).

That's it.
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Old 06-13-2006, 07:28 PM   #10
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that's "shoulders back" not "shoulders bags". That's another injury topic.
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