Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
I'm 23 and already dealing with pretty wicked back pain. Getting trampled/kicked at 16 by a horse that just launched you over its shoulder will do that to you. Laugh.
Sitting and standing correctly, as well as not crossing your legs [did you know that's really hard on your body?], helps ease the pain. It's not just your posture on horseback. And you have no idea what a good, supportive shoe can do for your back!
I am also a firm believer in low-impact exercise. Running is good cardio, and many people enjoy it, but it's killer on your joints and back. I, personally, can't run very far without experiencing great pain in my hips.
Walking will *usually* [not for everyone] relieve back ache and relax your hips and low back. Some people, like me, hurt more in the cold weather, so I try to "warm up" my back and body before going out in the morning. An easy morning stretch will often do wonders!
I very much recommend chiropractic to anyone with an open mind. People don't usually realize the toll our bodies take as we grow up and live our lives. Car accidents, riding a bucking horse, falling off our bikes as a child, even being born will torque your body to one degree or another. Some, hopefully most, get through life with relatively easy to deal with aches, but others aren't as lucky.
Barry, brilliant post. I especially love the bit about Pilates. I'm sure many people would find that, or yoga, to be very helpful.
May we all not ache! *clinks glass* =P
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