As almost all coronavirus restrictions have now been removed and social distancing measures have been relaxed, the country has embarked on the slow and safe reopening of businesses. The requirement to work from home where possible has been removed and ministers are now encouraging a gradual return to the office.

Thousands of us have to do it every day and it doesn’t matter if you travel to work by train, car, bus, bike or if you walk, the daily commute is often an unwelcome source of stress, taking its toll on our backs. According to the British Chiropractic Association, almost a third of the population relies on public transport to get to work, only occasionally or rarely sitting down and one in ten commuters never get to sit down at all.

Standing during our daily commute could be the best way to travel. This is because our office lifestyles are increasingly sedentary and we spend most of our working day sitting down, so standing when possible is a good way to combat this. If you stand on your commute, make sure that you stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and do not overstretch when holding onto the handrails. 

If you are lucky enough to get a seat, make sure you have your bottom against the back of the chair and your feet should be flat on the ground, directly underneath your knees. Make sure that your spine is not curved by lifting your chest and rolling back your shoulders. Short exercises like shoulder shrugs, buttock clenches and foot circles will help avoid stiffness forming in your muscles and joints.

Over half of those that travel to work will use a car to commute. However, driving to work can be a trigger for those suffering from back pain as it contributes significantly to the amount of time spent sitting down each day. If you do drive to work, read our tips on how to maintain good posture when driving, including how to position your seat and mirrors correctly. 

Other factors that contribute to poor posture when commuting include the type of bag carried and its contents. We also offer advice on how to carry a bag and maintain good posture. Remember where possible to walk to work as this will help to improve your muscle tone, circulation and posture.

If you are suffering from back pain caused by bad posture when commuting, visit a chiropractor at Backworks by calling us now on 01702 342329 to book an appointment. We also offer online chiropractic consultations.