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Let’s Keep This Real And Discuss With Me. Dr. Tim Harcourt Of Coast Chiropractic Centers, The Implications In Your Life Of Low Back Pain And Cycling

Dec 2, 2021 -- Posted by : Dr.Harcourt

Cycling is regarded as a highly enjoyable and effective form of exercise. However, there is some confusion about how posture while riding can affect the lower back and whether cycling is helpful for recovery from lower back pain.

Bicyclists ride with either a round-back, flat-back, or curved-in back, which is based on the degree of pelvic rotation and spinal flexion. It appears that the choice of posture when riding a bike is primarily related to seat height, seat angle or tilt, and handlebar type. Some handlebars offer multiple options as to where you can place your hands, such as on the grips (most upright), on the bar closer to the stem (middle position), or on the drops—the lowest option offered on the curl under/racing type of handlebars.

One might think that flat-back posture would be best for the lower back, simply because it avoids the two extremes. However, this position is associated with increased wind resistance and will likely be avoided by more serious cyclists who are looking to ride as efficiently as possible. One pilot study looked at the lumbar spine angle of young adult recreational cyclists as they utilized all three postures in ten-minute intervals with different bike configurations and found that the “curve-in back” position caused by gripping the drops resulted in the greatest increase in spinal flexion over time. For individuals with a low back condition, this increased spinal flexion could result in increased pain and related symptoms over time.

Another study looked at how a bike is fit, the position of the cyclist, and the perception of comfort, fatigue, and pain. Here, twenty cyclists rode in three of nine potential positions for 45 minutes at 50% of their peak aerobic power output. The three positions were defined by two parameters: knee flexion angle (20°, 30°, 40°) and trunk flexion angle (35°, 45°, 55°), in a random order. The results showed that having the trunk upright (not bent forward) and the seat height adjusted so the knee flexion angle was 30° was the most comfortable position for participants. Additionally, the researchers found that tilting the seat forward lessened low back pain in those with the condition.

As part of the recovery process for low back pain, doctors of chiropractic often encourage patients to exercise. Because of it’s low-impact nature, as well as being highly enjoyable, cycling is a great option. However, it’s important to make sure your bike it fitted so that you can comfortably ride with good posture and as to not exacerbate your condition.

So, if you are experiencing back pain, lower back pain, or pain in the coccyx and type in pain management near me, you may find Coast Chiropractic Centers with Dr. Timothy Harcourt, me, comes up. 

You may wonder, “Do I need an MRI scan of my back.”

Also, if you feel leg pain it may indicate things are getting worse and may indicate a bulge on the disc or worse yet a herniated disc in your back.  Some people will try stretching the lower back first to see if they get relief from their back pain.  Pain very low in the lower back may be originating from the coccyx or tailbone.  A pulled muscle in the back generally will get better with rest.  Persistent or worsening pain intensity and/or frequency necessitates a visit to see a professional. 

Call me, Dr. Tim Harcourt, at (239) 278-3344 and mention this article for an awesome discounted first visit to include history, exam, and adjustment or Class IV high-intensity laser treatment.  So if you find yourself experiencing lower back pain while running or doing physical activities.

If you are suffering from back pain that is affecting your quality of life and allowing you to enjoy Fort Myers Beach. Come see us at Coast Chiropractic Centers located on 7270 College Parkway. 

Don't let back pain stop you from enjoying the beautiful SWFL!  Dr. Dr. Tim Harcourt is here to give you the relief you need.

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