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Does your back ache after sitting behind the wheel for long? If so, chances are you’re not wearing your seatbelt correctly.
Worryingly, new figures suggest that most of us don’t wear our seatbelts in the way in which they were designed and safety-tested. A recent survey (1) revealed that more than 95% of drivers finish their journeys with at least a one-inch gap between their lower back and the seat. This altered sitting position puts strain on the supportive muscles of the lower back, leading to back pain.
Several studies have found a link between driving and back problems with people who drive for a living being statistically more likely to suffer(2). Back pain affects an estimated four out of five UK adults (80%)(3)at some point in life, costs the NHS more than GBP1.3 million per day (4) and, together with neck and muscle pain, accounted for 31 million lost working days in the UK in 2013 (5).

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