1. Use the forward and up position when you feel as though you need to decrease the pressure against your back. It’s also helpful when you’re in busy traffic, or when visibility is a problem. For extra decompression and relaxation to the low back, you can gently pull up on the steering wheel to lift weight up off the spine (save this for when you are stopped at intersections)
2. If you feel like you are tensing up and/or experiencing increased because of a bumpy or swerve ride, reposition your pelvis into the forward and up position and use your arms as shock absorbs by placing your hands on your thighs or on the seat beside you; this will decrease the strain forces going through the spine.
3. Allow your body to sway slowly and gently with bumpy or swerving motion (like a giant jello mold)-don’t attempt to hold yourself stiffly, as this will only result in more shock and irritation. If you are driving or riding in your own car, of if you are flying, assess the need for improved support. for example, if you slump when you relax and let go, you may benefit by leveling the seat, using a lumbar support, and/or taking weight off your spine by using an armrest. Keep your supports in the car or take them with you on the plane so you’ll use them.
4. Avoid keeping your head turned to one side too long. This tends to cram the neck joints together and tense up the muscles on the side toward which you’re looking. If this happens, sit up tall with your chin in and slowly turn your head to the opposite side for a few seconds and take a deep cleansing breath. This will usually “straighten you out” and give some immediate relief.