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Daily commute could be putting drivers on highway to hell, warn physios

CSP press release published on 29 May 2014

Latest census figures for England and Wales reveal that almost two-thirds of workers (15.3 million) commute by car and according to chartered physiotherapists many could be at risk of musculoskeletal problems like back and neck pain.

Poor driving posture caused by a failure to adjust the seat and steering wheel to suit individual needs is a key factor in driving discomfort, and left untreated this can cause musculoskeletal problems and lead to sickness absence.      

To combat common aches and pains the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) has top tips to help  drivers to experience a more comfortable and pain free commute. 

Drive Free of Pain’ – a step-by-step guide, includes advice for drivers on ensuring they have the correct car set-up, ways to improve posture, plus some simple stretches for when drivers take a break from the wheel.    

Chartered Physiotherapist Joshua Catlett, said: 

“Both people and cars come in different shapes and sizes and no one size fits all. 

“Most people understand the importance of ensuring that their office workstation is individually suited to them but the car is often overlooked. 

“It is so important to be aware of your posture when driving.  Persistent poor sitting posture can contribute to musculoskeletal pain and discomfort." 

 “Physiotherapists are seeing more and more people experiencing a range of musculoskeletal problems, including back, neck, shoulder and leg pain linked to their daily commute.”

Joshua is a member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics (ACPOHE).  To find an occupational health physiotherapist in your area visit the ACPOHE website.  

For further media information please call the CSP press office on 020 7306 1111, email Out of hours please call Becca Bryant, head of press and PR (job-share) on 079172 40819, Jennie Edmondson, head of press and PR (job share) on 07786 332197, Jon Ryan, senior media adviser, on 07917 091200 or Laura Boyd, PR and social media officer, on 07766 994141.


Notes to editors

Notes for Editors:

  1. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the UK’s professional, educational and trade union body. We have more than 52,000 members, including chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and support workers. 
  2. Drive free of pain’- CSP’s ergonomic advice for motorists 
  1. The CSP is releasing ‘Drive Free of Pain’ ahead of its annual Workout at Work Day.  On Friday 6 June hundreds of physiotherapy staff will be going into workplaces and other public spaces to encourage people to increase their levels of physical activity. 
  1. Office for National Statistics, 2011 Census: Method of Travel to Work in England and Wales []. UK Data Service Census Support. This information is licensed under the terms of the Open Government Licence [].



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