As a truck driver, your body experiences strain as a result of having to sit so long. Often, your neck can be the most affected by these long rides with no movement. It hurts to swivel your head to monitor traffic. It gives you painful headaches.
Matt D’Aquino, The Healthy Trucker, writes of the neck-pain challenge and offers a few exercises to bring some relief.
Some simple stretches can quickly help lessen pain, especially if you do them on a regular basis (even you’re your neck isn’t hurting). Regular stretching helps prevent tightness from happening in the first place.
These following exercises, which target all directions, can be done for a few minutes every day outside of the cab for a much looser, more mobile neck.
- Turn your head left and stick your hand out at a 90 degree angle. Switch directions, and complete again.
- Pull your head down, hold for up to 30 seconds. Push your head up, again holding up to 30 seconds. Do so gently .
- Move your head slowly side to side and in circles.
- Place your hand on one side of your head, placing pressure, while also pushing your muscles in the opposite direction.
We hope these neck stretches will help make driving a bit more pain free. Have some useful stretches to share? Connect with us here and tell us!
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