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Sitting Up Straight Will Get You A Better Ride

bad-postureHave you ever been at a rally and taken a good look around? Most of the folks aren’t exactly the most stand-up group… literally.

What I mean is that your motorcycling brethren are usually slouchers.

And it’s not just bikers. Most of us have poor posture, too.

Here’s why:

Simply resting back on your gluts (your butt) can wreak havoc on your spine. I can’t tell you how many people I ride with have complaints about lower back pain, neck and shoulder pain, numb hands, etc.

I’m not saying motorcycling is totally responsible for back pain… but it sure doesn’t help.

And with over 50 percent of the population suffering some sort of back problems, odds are you know exactly what I mean.

Unfortunately a big chunk of our day is spent in a chair. Think about it: You sit in a car (or on a bike) going to work; then you sit all day at work. You clock out and then end up at home on the couch.

Now factor in the time spent in your super low-drop-seat, ape-hangered, forward-controlled, suicide-shifted, foot-clutched bike to the equation, and POW… you got back pain. Back pain equals neck pain. Neck pain can equal numb fingers… it’s all connected.

Not everyone has the crazy seat positions I mentioned.

But almost everyone I see riding is slouching or round-backed and forward-shouldered… no matter what they’re riding.  It’s true even on the most basic stock bike setup.

What is needed is balance. While these riding positions feel comfortable at the time, believe me, you’ll pay for it later. I ride rigid myself, and my friends always give me grief about sitting upright. But guess what? At fuel stops (especially on long rides), I stretch out, do some exercise moves and still feel great six hours later. And my buddies? They were moaning, ‘My back, my aching back,’ on their softails.

Too bad they didn’t follow my lead instead of hassling me.

Anyway, most cruiser riders should make a conscious effort to sit up straight, pull their shoulders and head back, and perform corrective exercises and stretches regularly.

Heck, I’d never ask people to give up their rigids, stretched customs or 2-foot ape-hanger bikes. After all, it is all about the look-right?

And if you ride a sport bike, you’ll probably need extra neck stretches as well as weight exercises to feel right. You can’t do much repositioning on a sport bike, as you’re usually ‘locked in’ when riding.

Here’s the goal:

Get you into riding more comfortably and in a healthier way.

Sometimes just by changing a bad habit or two and a few simple exercises can help relieve low back pain and neck and shoulder pain.

Actually, these little moves will improve not just your motorcycle riding life, but your everyday life, too.

Try it. All you have to lose is your back pain.

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Causes of Lower Back Pain

Causes of Lower Back Pain


Every motorcycle rider should know about the causes of lower back pain for a better riding experience. Serious riders spend a lot of time traveling; many use their motorcycles to commute every single day. Although the pain may be familiar, it doesn’t have to be tolerated.

Learning about the causes of lower back pain is so important because it helps you to understand how it all starts and effectively prevent it. It’s time to nip it in the bud.

But then again, some people are already suffering from lower back pain and that could be you as well—especially if you love to ride your motorcycle that much. If you are suffering from back pain of any kind, then you will need to learn about the real causes of lower back pain.

Riding a motorcycle takes its toll on back muscles and on the spine. Sitting up, enduring the vibration of your ride, extending your arms and all other actions needed can definitely lead to some muscle strain and more.

But everyone experiences back pain, whether they ride or not. According to the experts, the causes of lower back pain can be traced back to gravity. The pull of gravity is a force that puts a lot of stress on muscles, bones and even on spinal discs.

These discs have to go through a lot of wear and tear every day. Because of uneven pressure and many other factors, these very same discs tend to bulge and can cause pain that can last practically a lifetime. There are many causes of lower back pain that involves not just the discs, but also muscles.

The Inversion Therapy Table is an age-old method that works by easing the pressure on the spine and allowing muscles to relax. Even if you will have to lie down in an inverted position, its effectiveness is remarkable.

Now that you know the causes of lower back pain and other kinds of back pain, you can move on to ridding yourself of this problem today.

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