It is important for a professional truck driver to maintain good health. HMD Trucking cares about the health and well-being of its drivers. Learn more about its terms and conditions here: https://www.hmdtrucking.com/.
And in this article, we will tell you what you need to do by yourself in order to minimize the likelihood of serious injuries caused by the negative effects of constant sitting.
Musculoskeletal and skin health
When it comes to the health of truckers, there is a focus on the ailments caused by being overweight, and issues of the cardiovascular system. Maintaining our bodily health is vital, from the muscles to skin and beyond.
Exposure to UV rays and the sun can help you get enough Vitamin D, but too much can damage your skin and even cause skin cancer. Nothing is done to protect truckers in terms of the driver’s side window, which is why exposure to the UV rays increase the risk of developing skin cancer.
Practicing Dermatologists report that many skin cancer patients have asymmetrical skin lesions on the left side of the neck and head. This appears to be due to the majority of people sitting to the left hand side when behind the wheel, which causes the left side to be at a greater chance of exposure.
UVB rays are the most dangerous, leading to sunburn as a result of prolonged exposure. UVA rays penetrate deeper and contribute to photo-aging. However, most car glass only filters UVB, leaving a driver exposed to the risk of cancer.
Doctors therefore recommend that drivers cover up with protective clothing and wide brim hats, as well as using a broad sunscreen that can give protection from both UVA and UVB rays. The driver should also be aware of any changes or suspicious areas on their skin and not be afraid to go for tests.
In addition, you can use window tinting films to provide an extra layer of protection against the sun’s harmful rays, even on overcast days. By being aware of the risks and taking the right precautions, truckers can avoid health issues stemming from UV exposure, and potentially save their skin.
Neck and back pain
Driving is sedentary work in one position, making truck drivers prone to back pain.
The most common complaint of musculoskeletal problems is lower back pain. Many drivers do not properly use lumbar support in their vehicles. This is a very physically demanding job, because driving on the road with constant disc vibration causes severe lower back pain, and if you sit with improper posture, being in this position for long periods of time can lead to pinched nerves, sciatica and muscle strain.
Also, working as a driver involves repetitive shoulder and neck movements. Improper posture can also lead to headaches and neck pain, and improper weight lifting can also cause injury. Even hitting a small pothole in the road can cause back injuries and problems. In the long run, these problems can become big ones.
Small problems, if left unchecked and untreated, can escalate to serious ones. For example, lower back problems can develop into arthritis, disc problems, and chronic daily pain.
Start stretching before starting a long drive, this will reduce the risk of possible injuries. Try to watch your posture while driving, this will also reduce the chance of chronic injuries.
Arm rests are very important and they should be positioned at a comfortable distance so that the driver is not constantly putting repetitive pressure on the neck and shoulders.
If you don’t have proper lumbar support, the back of the disc pushes in a direction it shouldn’t. Chronic pressure on the nerve can lead to nerve pinching/impression, and you end up with pain radiating to your leg and foot.
Making sure your seat is secure and comfortable is vital for any driver. Not only does this proactively secure long-term back and neck health but it can be the difference between a smooth ride and one that includes frequent pains and discomforts.
In order to ensure the best possible experience, some companies like Volvo Trucks, have invested in ergonomic seating options. These seats feature suspension systems to minimize driver exposure to vibrations as well as increased levels of adjustable seats to allow customization according to size and body type.
The right seat must adequately support the driver both in the long term and for those momentary bumps in the road. Driver safety must remain at the forefront of manufacturers’ considerations with any driver’s seat.
When considering factors contributing to back and neck problems, physical health should be taken into account. An obesity epidemic runs rampant worldwide, but this poses one of the highest risks to driver’s physical comfort and security. Diet is key to maintaining a healthy weight and reducing the risk of inflammation in the body. No matter how amazing your truck seat is; unhealthy habits can still lead to chronic pain.
It is important to think of your driver’s seat as an investment in yourself; being proactive in regard to your health and safety. The choices you make now directly affect your body in the future. Ensure your body is well taken care of today! Taking preventative measures early on and choosing the right seat for you can help make your long drives smoother, safer and more enjoyable.