A Chiropractor's Guide to Biking
By Brandi Swieter
Riding a bike can cause back problems if people don’t use precautions. Chiropractors offer a guide to biking that helps riders discover better ways to ride their bikes that won’t lead to pain. Bike riding can be a great summer pastime as long as people use caution when riding and make sure the bike fits them well.
Ride the Right Size Bike
An adult attempting to use a child’s bike will quickly experience pain from having to hunch over so far and have the body scrunched up to fit it. Even adult bikes come in various sizes, making it necessary for each person to ride only the right size that truly works for them. Heading into a professional bike shop and having a worker help find the right fit is key.
Adjust the Seat
The bike seat can move up or down, though many people leave it where it is and simply hop right on. It’s important to adjust the seat accordingly so the person riding sits at the correct height. A seat that sits too low or too high can put tension on the back. The rider may also need to change the seat entirely if it is too uncomfortable to sit on for long periods. New bike seats that are longer or have more cushion are available at bike shops.
Stretch and Exercise Before Riding a Bike
Certain stretches and exercises help riders work out their bodies before they even get on the bike. These stretches help to improve flexibility within the body and work out the muscles so they are prepared for the vigorous workout that riding a bike entails. Strengthening the core is key, as is stretching out the back, legs, and arms. Some lunges, quad stretches, and even laying backwards on a yoga ball and letting the arms fall are all great for stretching out the body and making it easier to ride.
Pain sets in far too easily during even the simplest activities. Though cycling may seem like a fun and simple way to pass the time, there are certain rules that should always be followed when riding to ensure a safe trip that won’t hurt the back or body. Any riders who feel pain after a biking excursion should head into The Joint Chiropractic to see where the problem stems from and see if they can have their pain eased.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Peoria, Ariz.