Daily commutes, bike nights, weekend runs, weeklong road trips… imagine sitting on your bike for hours or days without your back screaming at you. Imagine what it would feel like to go on a run without muscle aches, joint pains or a headache holding you back.
Nothing is more exhilarating than getting behind bars and roaring off on two wheels! The incredible sense of abandon and freedom you experience when you rip the throttle is a thrill. Yet sometimes, that gray cloud of pain tends to creep in and follow you about half way through the trip.
So what can you do to alleviate this doom and gloom? Meds seem to help take the edge off. But who wants a daily diet of washing down pills? Parking your bike NOT the answer either, but sometimes riding makes it feel worse. What is the solution?
The best way to handle any health related issue is to get to the root cause. Picture this, you’ve got a dead tree in your yard so you decide to have it cut down, because you don’t have the time to deal with it. You’d rather be out riding. Ok, cool. You call your tree guy and he tells you it’s a good thing you didn’t handle this on your own. Your tree has termites. Huh? Yep! If you had cut down the tree, they would’ve head straight to the frame of your home and the next thing you know your house turns into a pile of sawdust or at the very least a hefty termite control bill. Instead the tree guy decides to remove the tree and burn the stump. Why? To remove the cause of the tree’s disease— kill the little wood-chomping minions.
Asking “Why?” is critical to problem solving. Now, consider your pain. Maybe it’s your neck or low back, aching, stabbing, or burning pain. Ok, you know the drill. Ask why. Now keep asking “Why?” until you get to a likely cause. P.S. “Old Age” is not a good answer. Besides, we need solutions, right? You can’t change your age, but you can change how you handle the aging process. Better yet, get to the deeper root causes of your pain.
“Your posture determines
the integrity and stability of your skeletal frame.”
For starters, let’s take a look at the most common pain points and the corresponding common cause. Neck, shoulder, mid-back, low back, and buttocks pain are the top five pain points most riders complain about. You’ve probably felt some or all of these at some point in your life and often times on your bike. Did you know the most common cause of these pains is really your posture? Fix the posture, and you’re well on your way to eliminating the pain.
Why is posture so important? Your body was created in the same manner an architect designs a building. Your posture determines the integrity and stability of your skeletal frame. If you throw off your postural alignment because of holding an abnormal position, the frame begins to breakdown. You
may have heard this referred to as degeneration (aka degenerative arthritis). Correct posture prevents the onset of breakdown. In the same way, should a wall of a building begin to lean, the infrastructure problem needs to be corrected for the sake of whole building’s stability.
Wouldn’t it be great if the aging process did not include degenerative changes in our body? Unfortunately, we live in a society bombarded by trauma, toxins, and emotional baggage. These things illicit stress and the next thing you know we’re all knotted up like a ball of twine with muscle aches, joint pains, etc. What do we usually do? Suck it up and move on. We say to ourselves, “It’ll work out.” While the situations may work themselves out, the damage done to our body likely won’t. We need to address these things and not just wait for them to go away, or they become bigger problems.
In my guidebook, “Tune Up Your Body Just Like Your Bike” is an outline of tips & tricks that you can do on & off your bike to alleviate or even prevent the onset of pain associated with your posture. I encourage you to download a copy, identify your pain points, and follow the 6 simple steps to riding pain free!
Don’t just dream about what it would feel like to live & ride pain free. Be the motocross racer. Be the free-spirited cruiser. Be all guts and glory! Ride off into the sunset and feel as good as you did when you first kicked up the kickstand!
To download your copy of “Tune Up Your Body Just Like Your Bike,” visit www.MotoChiro.com and be sure to interact with The Moto Chiro on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook.
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