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It’s Time To Ride

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With the winter nearly gone and spring firmly set, yes I said it right, as it is still cold when the sun is not shining, bikers up and down the country are starting to get out and meet for some great rides.
Now as this is an injury rehabilitation magazine you would expect me to slant this article that way and you are going to be right.
Bikers are keen to scrub the plugs, leather the seat, wash, polish and kiss the paintwork of their bikes but what about the rider?  As a therapist writing this article it is very clear how few riders actually do the same for their own body; shouldn’t it be biker and rider are working as one?
When you, the rider, have muscle imbalances, faulty movement patterns and joint fixations distorting your body’s bony framework, the fun can quite quickly go out of the ride. I have known many riders give up riding as they no longer have fun, namely because they mentally gave up as it became uncomfortable. Strangely enough they did not identify that they at the time were the faulty machines.
Arm pump: well this is a common occurrence in motor riding as the median nerve becomes inflamed and muscle power decreases. Riders all over the world has sought the holy grail for treatment for this and yet if you know what it is you will find that you might never have needed to stop riding or consider that operation.
Low back pain: this  is another common occurrence and many riders suffer it. With a good examination and few tweaks here and there you could find that riding would feel so much sweeter than it does already. Riders during examination report that they had pain-spasm-pain cycles. As the hip stiffens it causes increased stress in the region of the sacroiliac and pain travels down the hamstrings.
Lumbar spine instability can cause the brain to decide to lock down the low back ribcage with protective muscle guarding. According to Erik Dalton and his research at the Pain Institute…” Thoracic cage rigidity not only inhibits proper diaphragmatic breathing but also sends shock waves through the thoracolumbar and pectoral fascia and into the upper extremity joints where reverberations are met with strong resistance from habitually locked hands, elbows and arms.”
So why get checked out? The answer is simple; you want to have the best riding experience of your life for many years. A machine is only as good as the rider and if the rider is malfunctioning then your ride will be too.

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