Do You Get Back Pain From Riding in Your Car?

The tip in today’s post might leave you feeling a little awkward about how you look in your car, but if you have back pain, this small adjustment could help your back feel so much better, especially after a long car ride.

And if it helps you feel better, who cares about looking a little awkward, right? 🙂

Most car seats are built on an angle that tips the pelvis backward and onto the sacrum—which isn’t designed for this type of pressure.

Take this tipped-back-pelvis position, add a long car ride (or morning commute), and you could wind up with a recipe for an aggravated low back.

The go-to fix for this situation is adding lumbar support behind the low back, but I’m going to show you why this might not be the best solution and precisely what to try instead.

If you have low back discomfort or pain exacerbated by riding in the car, you won’t want to miss this short 3-minute video. (Just don’t watch it while driving!)

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this fix, and if you try it, I’d love to hear how it goes. Make sure and let me know in the comments below.

Here’s to long, comfortable car rides on beautiful days!



Hi, I'm Sydney and I'm a Restorative Movement Specialist here at Pilates Tonic. My goal is to empower you with tools to connect and live in your body in new and better ways. I'm a passionate advocate for wellness through optimally aligned movement and I look forward to designing a customized alignment and movement program just for you! If you want to find out more, just give me a call at 423.702.5233, or email me at See you in the studio!

6 Responses

  1. Sydney – thank you! So simple and yet I was fussing and fussing with something behind my back. Trying to level out the car seat left me so high, my head was into the roof of the car. I cannot wait to remedy this today! Simple and great solution. Thanks!

  2. Hi Sydney, I’ve got a wedge shaped cushion that I use in the car which helps. I think this is a problem with my chair at home too so will give this a try. Thank you!

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