For those persons who ride it is easy to understand why there is a definite link between riding and back pain. The two main causes are the vibration produced by the motorcycle and the rider’s posture while traveling. Most serious riders are frequently plagued with lower and upper back pain, as well as neck and shoulder pains.
How to Minimize Back Pain Caused from Motorcycling
There are quite a few things that riders can do to help reduce the back pain they experience. Some of these methods include:
– Strengthening the back muscles with exercise.
– Taking breaks from riding where possible. When riding for long distances, an occasional break is helpful. Some experts recommend a break every 30 or so minutes if possible, others suggest after every 70 miles. Walk around and do some simple stretches to relax the muscles and get your circulation going.
– Relaxing your grip on the handles is also helpful. A lighter grip minimizes the strain on back muscles.
– In cases of chronic pain it may be necessary to stop motorcycling or ride only for short distances.
For many riders the link between their back pain and motorcycling is greatly reduced once they improve their posture. Leaning too far forward to reach the handles can put tremendous strain on back and neck muscles. A straighter back while riding means less strain and a lower likelihood of back pain. There are adjustments that can be made to get controls closer to the rider. This will minimize the need for hunching over.
Written By: Updated: June 23,2011