The Art of Sitting!


Opel Ireland says back problems are one of the most common side-effects of spending long hours on the road – especially this time of year with people ‘stay-cationing’. Former Irish rugby International Gordon D’Arcy joined broadcaster Dr. Ciara Kelly and Opel seating specialist Jonas Eisenbraun at the ‘Opel Ireland Art of Sitting Breakfast Briefing’ recently in Dublin to discuss the role of healthy sitting in the management and prevention of this common condition.

Opel were one of the first automotive brands to secure the famed ‘AGR’ quality seal of approval. AGR provides support for customers in the market for back-friendly products. With some common long-distance driving complaints including neck pain, fatigue, leg discomfort, aching shoulders, concentration deficits and even headaches, back pain was also the most commonly reported chronic health condition documented as part of the Irish Health Survey in 2016. Dr. Ciara Kelly said: “Back pain is one of the commonest conditions that affects the adult population. Its symptoms can range from mild to severe but particularly low back pain is something many of us will experience. Like most things prevention is better than cure, especially as cure can be elusive and for some management is a more realistic prospect than full resolution… Prevention includes weight management, exercises that strengthen and stretch and good posture. Things like how you sit, stand and lie all have a role to play. Sitting, standing and lying – in particular if they are prolonged – can exacerbate back pain, so good posture, ergonomic seating, orthopedic mattresses and changing position regularly are all important in the management and prevention of back pain.”

Gordon D’Arcy: “Professional contact sport is a attrition game. You push your body to the limit week in week out, and there’s a level of lasting discomfort you have to expect on the other side. Taking that into account, the driving comfort and support, particularly on those longer journeys, was one of the aspects of the Insignia Sports Tourer that impressed me most.”

Jonas Eisenbraun, Opel AGR Seating Specialist stated “More and more people in Ireland and indeed across Europe are spending increasing amounts of time in their car, and for many drivers their car seat is also their workplace. For that reason Opel’s award winning 18-way adjustable ergonomic wellness seats with adaptable lumbar support, variable seat cushion tilt and extension settings, as well as effortless recline functions and higher quality materials for density and durability have all been specifically designed and more importantly AGR certified, to adapt to the natural curvature of the spine. These pioneering innovations, which also include functions like massage and even adjustable side bolsters, provide both long and short distance travel solutions for drivers of all shapes and sizes who already suffer with chronic back pain, or indeed who are just hoping to prevent these problems in the future.”


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Michael Sheridan

Michael is Motorhub's Editor. Well known from TV and radio, Michael has been writing, presenting and judging cars since the mid 90's. He is a renowned Producer/Director and documentary film maker. Dozens of credits include: The Whole Way Round (Gay Byrne), The Shamrock Run (Alan Shortt), The Viking Run (Clodagh McKenna) and The Irish 66ers (David Mitchell) and The Climb for Kids (Colin Farrell). Print credits include: the RTE Guide (motoring editor 1999-2003), many national daily papers and Sundays including The Irish Times (freelance) plus other magazines. National radio credits include multiple at RTE Gerry Ryan show, the Mooney Show, The Dave Fanning Show, Drivetime etc. TV credits as a motoring expert include RTE's flagship current affairs show Primetime and TV3's Ireland AM. Michael also presented RTE's car show Drive! in the late 90s and directed some items in MPH2 on TG4. Michael contributes weekly on motoring issues to The Last Word show with Matt Cooper on Today FM. Michael has represented Ireland's motoring journalists in Motorsport at the International Mazda MX-5 endurance race series in Italy and the Arctic Ice Race. He has been a Car of the Year Judge for over 18 years and is a former Chairperson of the Association of Professional Motoring Press (APMP).

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