TOP METHODS TO COMBAT CYCLIST NECK PAIN AND NUMBNESS
Riding a bike is one of the best exercises to burn calories and to increase stamina, not mentioning the capabilities to make you train all the muscles of the lower body. Bad thing is, this is an activity that requires to hold yourself with your back in a flexed position for a long period of time, giving your neck a lot of stress and changing the weight distribution through your muscles and spine. If the feeling of pain won’t leave your body, our licensed chiropractors in BodyWorkz, located in Arizona, will provide you with a multitude of massage therapy services specialized for athletes, bringing you chiropractic care and neck pain relief in Mesa. We also help our customers with pain treatments for those that have suffered surgery, accidents, or other injuries that are difficult to deal with. Please give us a call with any questions about our chiropractic care, and we assure you we will leave you satisfied with what we offer.
Whenever you start to have pain in your neck while riding outside, there are several factors you have to take care of. First, you have to make sure to have a good bike posture. Simple things like raising your handlebars, lowering your seat, or changing out a stem, can be the difference between a good ride to remember, or a world of issues with your muscles (including pain and numbness). If you head is tipped upward for a long time, it can create pinched nerves, contributing to spinal problems. Also, your helmet must have a good fit with you, otherwise, it will affect your comfort and cause extreme stiffness to your neck.
Hand numbness is an issue that doesn’t happen frequently, but you always have to be prepared to prevent it. This can be caused by not having the correct padding in the glove that matches the handlebar of the bike you are riding off, more difficult to manage for the people that have several bikes with different types of handlebars. Also, don’t forget to check the tapes on them because when they start breaking, it can give your hand more stress, giving you numbness.
Acquiring a new bike is something you must consider if the one you are currently using is old enough and about to break. Find the one that has the better fit for you, don’t be scared to try different bicycles to find the one that is most comfortable for you. If you have an old bike that is still going to be durable, you can ask a bike shop to make the necessary adjustments to make you feel better while riding, and to prevent muscle issues.
When you start to feel soreness in the back or your neck, you can treat it with ice while taking a break from your bicycle. If this treatment does not work for you, contact us and ask about our chiropractic care in Mesa, we have the best neck pain relief treatments in Arizona. When riders ignore their pain and don’t treat themselves, they can start to suffer a problem called Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which affects the upper back and neck areas in their body. This happens when the nerves or blood vessels are compressed while passing from the neck area to the arm, causing numbness and, in some cases, pain in both arms and hands. Remember that this not only happens to riders in general, but also to other sport athletes that mostly focus on their muscle strength.
In short, riding a bicycle puts yourself in an unnatural posture, increasing the chance of muscle injury if you don’t pay enough attention to your body. In order to prevent neck, upper back and other issues, it’s really important to get a bike that perfectly fits you. Don’t forget to be in a position that lets you use your upper back muscles in a full range motion.
Our chiropractors in Mesa have been trained at the best massage therapy schools and are Arizona licensed and ensured. We work together with our patients on treatments plans that expedite their healing process, making themselves feel better than ever! Our chiropractic care has been received by hockey, baseball, basketball players and even bicycle riders. We are ready to eliminate any chronic pain you may have, so don’t hesitate to gives us a visit!
6610 E Baseline Rd #103
Mesa, AZ 85206