Back pain and seat adjustment

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Bluemack, Mar 24, 2023.

  1. Bluemack

    Bluemack Bobtail Member

    Mar 24, 2023
    I’ve driven a truck seasonally for 20 years. Usually about 69 days annually. My neck and shoulders always get extremely tight and painful and I don’t know why. I used to assume that I was nervous and stayed tense. Lately I’ve figured out that my driving posture may be the culprit. The problem is that if I get the seat adjusted for no back pain it puts me to close to the pedals and my knees hurt at the end of the day. I’m looking for advice.
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  3. cuzzin it

    cuzzin it Road Train Member

    Jan 19, 2008
    Berea, KY
    Lower lumbar support ? My chiropractor tells me to have that. And do some stretching stuff
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  4. Dennixx

    Dennixx Road Train Member

    Feb 13, 2010
    twin cities
    I run in a slip seat operation so every day is a different rig and the seat/steer wheel needs to be adjusted for me.
    Proper height and reach has been a great help in saving my back in a long career.
    Don't know how folks can lock out the for/aft movement and drop chair to the floor. Letting the body take the jolts of today's crumbling roads.
    Also use a lower back support.

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  5. Kyle G.

    Kyle G. Road Train Member

    Jan 23, 2016
    Eastern Iowa
    I don’t really have any advice but I totally feel your pain. I am 6’5” and have to cram into a day cab. I did talk my boss into buying me a nice aftermarket seat a few years ago, which has helped immensely. But I guess the new seat option only works if you are in the same seat every day.
  6. Tyler-CSP Mobile

    Tyler-CSP Mobile Bobtail Member

    Feb 20, 2023
    Gotta get out and stretch. We get hotels every night so we can use the gyms there so we can use the treadmills and stuff but I understand not every driver gets that but there are some great videos out there on really good stretches you can do. Walking around the truck a few times helps. one thing is taking your wallet out of your back pocket (if that's where you keep it) I noticed that it made me sit crooked and would kill my back and that would move up to my shoulders and neck
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  7. DUNE-T

    DUNE-T Road Train Member

    May 10, 2015
    Detroit, MI
    A proper seat is the most important part. After switching from a stock Volvo to a Recaro seat, my lower back pain went away. Also, you gotta work muscles in your upper back. The best exercise I found is Farmers walk. I do it every weekend with 100lb in each hand for 30-45 minutes and have no more neck, shoulders and back tightness or soreness.
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  8. SomeCanadian

    SomeCanadian Bobtail Member

    Nov 11, 2021
    I found that plenty of air in the seat, sit up straight and using your arm rests helps a lot. But nothing will help if the seat is worn out, I’ve tried various pads including the thickest purple pad (all though it was better, it lowered the armrests too much and caused more problems) nothing truly solves it but a new chair.
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  9. Bluemack

    Bluemack Bobtail Member

    Mar 24, 2023
    This is probably the advice I’m looking for. I need an excuse to start working out.
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  10. Lite bug

    Lite bug Road Train Member

    May 3, 2014
    Columbus Ohio
    Grip strength must be good to do farmers walk with two 100 pound dumbbells for 30-45 minutes.
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  11. WesternPlains

    WesternPlains Road Train Member

    Sep 1, 2017
    A common treatment for lower back pain is to strengthen the stomach muscles.
    Neck and shoulders is commonly because we use our adjuster muscles in our shoulders too much. It’s a bad habit most all of us do. We actually have to remember and push down on our shoulders on purpose. It’s called packing the shoulders.
    One illustration…
    Body builders build their adjuster muscles in their shoulders on purpose. They all have shoulder issues because of it.
    Now look at a fighter. Boxers are good examples. Their shoulders are packed.
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