Originally Posted by hisangelonly
My pain is not caused by riding. The only pain I get while riding is fatigue of my upper back muscles. For quite a few years now, my back muscles (all of them) spasm and tighten. They pull my spine out of alignment. My back has to be popped to get any relief and the relief only lasts a matter of minutes. I've seen a chiro. Then I hurt myself at work somehow (I picked up a 2 pound box and was in pain). I could barely walk. I had shooting pain around my SI. Every morning I am very stiff. Sometimes it lasts all day. I went to PT after I got hurt and he said I had hyperlordosis. But it is not true hyperlordosis because I come out of it when I bend over. He had me doing core exercises and stretching for 12 weeks. But none of that ever relieved the pain. The only thing that relieved it was popping my back. I am thinking about seeing a chiro every 2 weeks and getting adjusted and decompressed. It doesnt hurt to ride but sometimes I feel stiff afterwards. I also have a numb spot on my shoulder. But it starts burning around it when my muscles start fatiguing. So I am kind of neutral I guess. I believe riding is a great therapy, but I can't seem to find the happy medium between upper back fatigue and not doing anything. :/
It sounds as if perhaps you need a practitioner that does deep tissue massage after the manipulation to remove the muscle spasm after the adjustment.
This is something I have always done, although its hard work, so not many chiro,s or osteopaths do it anymore
It gets a bit pricey to use a seperate massage practitioner, so I would advise to find one who offers the whole package?
As for the hyperlordosis, this can be environmental rather than permanent, so it would straighten upon bending ( this is how we test whether a scoliosis/lordosis/kyphosis is environmental rather than genetic. Genetic would not correct upon bending)
A good programme of manipulation and deep tissue massage will straighten environmental curves in most cases.
Dr Les Bailey