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Love a Bike Ride? Here's How to Prevent Back Pain

By Virginia Laird

Fall is the perfect weather to get out and go for a long bike ride. While a person may find a great deal of pleasure in riding, the body may experience some pain. Now is the time to begin preparing the back muscles and spine for such activity. Chiropractors suggest bike riding to patients often because it has little to no impact on the joints. There are many tips recommended to avoid back pain, including:

  • Bicycles are not one size fits all
  • Stretch before, during and after the trip
  • Take breaks
  • Make visiting the chiropractor routine

Bicycles Are Not One Size Fits All

There are ways to adjust seats and handlebars on a bicycle because riding a bike is not as simple as hopping on and taking off. Chiropractors recommend to protect a person’s back, one should take the time to understand how to properly adjust everything. This can play a huge role in preventing pain.

Stretch Before, During, and After the Trip

Stretching is key. Anytime a person puts the body through a workout, it is important to stretch. Bicycling is no different. As a matter of fact, chiropractors suggest a person should stretch well before the ride and after, as well as during. The body can get stiff sitting in one position for a long period of time. Stretching can help release any built-up tension in the back.

Take Breaks

Taking breaks along the way, especially when the trip is lengthy, can help the body to adjust. This can also allow for time to stretch and take in the beauty of the nature that surrounds. Chiropractors recommend, no matter the type of trip, taking breaks often can help keep the body alert, relaxed, and free of stress.

Make Visiting the Chiropractor Routine

Visiting a chiropractor brings great benefits to the body. Along with restoring function to the spine, chiropractors also help to correct posture. Having correct posture can help when riding a bicycle. Correct posture is supported by a strong core. Strong core muscles are necessary to prevent pain while enjoying a long, leisurely ride.

Although fall has not yet arrived, it will be here before you know it. Preparing your spine and back muscles before employing your bicycle can help prevent pain. To start your routine chiropractic visits, stop by The Joint Chiropractic in your neighborhood. No appointments are accepted, making it as easy as dropping in on your way home from work.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aurora, Ill.

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