Caring for Your Spine As You Bike
Taking a nice bike ride on a warm and sunny day can be refreshing. But if you aren’t careful, hitting a bump in the road or not being fitted properly to your bike and not knowing the proper riding technique can have you visiting a spine care center before you know it. Going for bike rides is great for your health. And as long as you are fitted properly to your bike and are conscious about your mechanics while you’re riding, then you shouldn’t experience any problems with your spine health. Here are some tips to consider to take care of your spine as you ride your bike.
Take Your Time When Selecting A Bike
The right bike can go a long way in protecting your back. Find one that’s comfortable for you, which may include thicker tires, shock absorbers, the right seat and of course proper positioning on your bike and more. If possible, test out the bike at a reputable bike store before you purchase it to see if you experience discomfort at any time. The goal is to have your spine aligned and your body weight distributed evenly so there’s less strain put on the back.
Stretch Before Riding
Flexibility along with knowledge of your bike and where you will be riding are key components to have when riding a bike. While a bike ride itself works on strengthening both, doing some stretches beforehand will help prevent injuries. An advanced pain management facility can help you determine the proper stretches if you already deal with back pain, but in most cases basic stretching will go a long way in protecting your spine health while bike riding.
Plan Your Route
It’s always important to know what to expect on your bike route, especially if you’re biking in an unfamiliar area. You want to avoid areas with bumps or steep hills, especially if you’re just a beginner, can both put a strain on the back. If you’re caught off guard by these riding conditions, you could even lose control of the bike unexpectedly and create a more significant injury. Always be aware of where you’re riding and what’s ahead of you.
Ride As Smoothly As Possible
The looser you are and the smoother route you take, the better your chances are of having good spine health during the ride. Being too tense or riding too intensely leaves you with less flexibility, which won’t allow your body to absorb sudden jolts and bumps that happen along the way. It’s always best to take the ride smoothly to reduce the risk of injury.
DBC Active Spine Care® is more than just your average spine care center. While we do provide advanced pain management treatments, we always think about the long-term spine health of every patient. Our goal is to alleviate any current pain you’re experiencing, while strengthening the muscles to prevent future injuries. If you’re experiencing back pain of any severity, contact us today to learn about our revolutionary spine adaptive functional restoration program.