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    December 4, 2017
Som Subedi of PP&R named national
Park Champion of the Year
Chiropractic Corner
Driving posture
and positioning
By Dr. Neal Stumpf, D.C.
Special to The Asian Reporter
ave you ever thought about your family’s health
in relation to being in a car, a place where many
people spend a good amount of time? Do you know
how to maintain a healthy driving posture and reduce
possible injuries in the event you might be involved in an
auto collision? Proper posture and seat positioning while
driving is important in trying to prevent a variety of prob-
lems that can affect your body, from the neck to the feet.
To adjust a seat, be sure the vehicle is parked in a safe
location. After the adjustments are made and before
taking to the road, check your ability to drive safely.
Please note, not every car may accommodate all of the tips
The first step in adjusting a seat is to make sure your
head is not too close to the ceiling. It is also important the
headrest is set so the center of it is even with the middle of
the head, which is where the bump farthest back on one’s
head is located. It is important to not position the headrest
too low — at the level of the neck — as this may increase
the severity of a whiplash in an auto crash.
Next, adjust the seat to sit upright without slouching.
Your upper legs should be parallel to the ground and it’s
important to keep the knees below the hips. The seat tilt
should be positioned to avoid angling the pelvis forward or
backward. This adjustment promotes a good neutral
pelvis position.
The steering wheel should be positioned so a driver’s
elbows are comfortably at their sides, with hands gripping
the wheel in the 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock positions.
Additionally, comfortably grip the steering wheel and
avoid leaning forward. Keep the shoulders relaxed and try
to avoid hiking them up while holding the wheel.
Nowadays, most new cars have the ability to adjust the
lumbar support. Changing it helps maintain a back
position that curves in gently. The lumbar support height
should be adjusted so it is in the small of the low back, with
the lowest edge of the support approximately at the top of
the pelvis.
In addition, it is important to avoid putting a wallet or
other items in your back pocket while sitting or driving.
Keeping items in your back pocket may cause the pelvis to
twist, which can lead to back pain.
After checking all the seat adjustments, next is the
seatbelt. When reaching for the seatbelt, drivers should
use the opposite-side arm to reach for the belt and place it
in the buckle. For most cars in the U.S., this would be a
driver’s right arm. Using the same-side arm places one’s
arm in a position that is difficult for the shoulder, which
could lead to injury over time.
When positioning the lap belt, be sure to place it over
the bones of the pelvis and not the abdomen. During a
high-impact car crash, the belt could cut a person’s flesh
and internal organs. Also check that the upper strap on
the belt passes over the clavicle (collarbone) and not over
the shoulder or neck. Further, do not place the strap under
the arm.
Proper posture and seat positioning may help prevent
health problems associated with driving and might reduce
the severity of injuries sustained in an auto collision. If
you are involved in an auto accident or have tightness or
pain related to driving posture, contact a chiropractor.
Drive safe and live healthy!
Dr. Neal Stumpf holds a Doctorate of Chiropractic from the University
of Western States and practices at Accident & Wellness Chiropractic.
Som Subedi and Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R)
were honored recently with the National Recreation and
Park Association’s (NRPA) 2017 Park Champion of the
Year Award. The award, which recognizes an employee of
a park and recreation agency’s exemplary efforts to
educate their members of congress or their staff on the
importance of investing in local parks and recreation, was
presented this fall to Som Subedi at the 2017 NRPA
Annual Conference in New Orleans.
Subedi, a former refugee and the coordinator of PP&R’s
Parks for New Portlanders program, hosted Grace
Stratton of Oregon senator Ron Wyden’s office at the
bureau’s “Walk with Refugees & Immigrants” event in
August, which featured approximately 1,000 partici-
pants. A congratulatory letter from Wyden was read at the
Originally from Bhutan, Subedi was forced to flee his
native country and spent years in a refugee camp in
Nepal. He came to Portland nine years ago. Som helps
create and organize numerous Parks for New Portlanders
events, including the annual Portland World Cup Soccer
“This award belongs to all Portlanders, certainly not
just me, because we earned it together,” said Subedi. “I
want to thank parks commissioner (Amanda) Fritz and
director (Mike) Abbaté for trusting in, and for mentoring,
a refugee who is committed to equity and inclusion. I am
very proud of the compassion, generosity, and welcoming
hearts of Portlanders in general, and of Portland Parks &
Recreation in particular. I’m only inspired to do more
work on behalf of all of us who call the Rose City home.”
“Portland Parks & Recreation embraces all
Portlanders, whether we’ve been here for a week or were
born and raised here,” said commissioner Fritz. “I am
grateful to the NRPA for recognizing Som for his efforts.
As a former refugee working to assist newcomers in an
unfamiliar country, he is truly a champion who leads by
example. I applaud him for his dedication to equity and
inclusion, which are key values in Portland Parks &
Recreation’s mission now and going forward.”
In the spring of next year, Subedi will travel to
Washington, D.C., to advocate for parks and recreation on
Capitol Hill. Portland Parks & Recreation will also be
featured in NRPA’s Parks & Recreation magazine and
Open Space blog.
“In this era of economic challenges, it is rare that park
and recreation budgets rise to the top of anyone’s budget
priorities,” Abbaté said. “The Park Champion initiative
allows Portland Parks & Recreation officials to engage
decision makers in a way that shines a spotlight in
communities and gets attention in ways standard
lobbying may not.”
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PARK CHAMPION. Som Subedi and Portland Parks & Recreation
(PP&R) were honored recently with the National Recreation and Park
Association’s 2017 Park Champion of the Year Award. Subedi, a former
refugee, is the coordinator of PP&R’s Parks for New Portlanders program.
(Photo courtesy of Portland Parks & Recreation & the National Recreation
and Park Association)
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