How does your back feel when you cycle?
Does it bother you before, during or after a ride?
We do not want to waste your time with this article. We will speak upon how back pain can happen as a result of cycling. You may already know that you have the back pain and you do not necessarily need to know how it happened. You may just want to move directly toward reducing your pain. We will offer some cost effective treatment options at the end of this article that can honestly help you if you suffer from back pain due to cycling.
2.) Common Causes of Low Back Pain For Cyclists
Usually, low back problems occur for cyclists due to a prolonged flexion of your lower back (lumbar spine). As you may have easily determined, this is the movement of your lower back curling when your head comes closer to the knees. – A typical riding position. If you are in a flexed position such as this, it can lead to the fatigue of your lumbar musculature, tension of your lumbar ligaments and it can also compress the intervertebral discs that are located in your lower back.
Studies have shown that the weight that is placed upon your spine is least problematic when you lay down. Secondly the amount of stress that is placed upon your back increases when you stand up straight. This is due to axial load on your spine due to the weight of your upper body and gravity kicking in. The next level of stress comes from sitting down, and especially when you sit in a more crouched you are even asking more of your lower back.
3.) How to Help Prolong Your Cycling Career
A strong core is a good starting point. Your transversus abdominus and paraspinal musculature (the muscles located on either side of your spine) help to provide meaningful support to your lower back. It is of course, a good idea to correctly work out these muscles to help prolong a flexed sitting posture.
4.) Low Back Braces For Support
One very helpful way to reduce lumbar back pain is to increase the level of support you have for your lower back. One way in which you can do this is by having strong muscles like we talked about earlier,… but you can also help to reduce your lower back pain with the use of a lumbar back support. These supports can help to increase intercavitary pressure and thus effectively off load the internal structures of your lumbar spine. – They can be great aids and you can use them before, during or after cycling. It is important to remember though that you should not strictly use a lumbar back support and avoid strengthening your lumbar spine.
*This is health information. Although we firmly believe in the benefits of back support, you should consult your physician regarding medical advice pertaining to your particular situation.