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    10-05-2011, 10:44 PM
Back problems

I've been having back troubles for the past month or so and have started going to the chiro for it. He told me I couldn't ride for a while.
I personally think its relaxing. While trotting and loping aren't good for me right now, am I right in thinking that riding at a walk is comforting? My parents seem to think it isn't but I find the rocking motion very soothing and relaxing for me. It helps with my low back(where the pain is) because I relax my hips and at the same time, my lower back. I'm I just justifying riding or does it make sense to say its helpful?
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    10-07-2011, 02:04 AM
I broke my L1 vertabrate and when I did I was not allowed to ride. But now as it is healed riding soothes my back pain. Maybe its an excuse for me too lol
    10-07-2011, 08:34 AM
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I agree, walking soothes and relaxes the muscles. I have spells where my lower back goes out and I still ride..walking of course. Chiropractors are wonderful, luckily mine has horses and understands the need to ride!
    10-07-2011, 10:33 PM
I have scoliosis which equals almost constant pain.. But I find the more often I ride the less pain I have, because I'm sub-consciously using all the muscles. However to ease my pain I w/t/c jump, do dressage etc etc

So yeah, riding does seem to be soothing :) just the gear carrying/feed carrying that's painful
    10-09-2011, 09:03 AM
The walking motion of a horse mimics the walking motion of a human (when riding). That's why it's used for therapeutic riding for those with developmental problems. It can help build muscles and coordination in those who can't actually walk.

Granted this isn't you, but it might provide relief because you aren't getting the actual impact of walking while still working those muscles.
    10-15-2011, 08:43 PM
I have herniated discs, wedged vertebrae and what not. Neuro-surgeon said 'dont ride!' but physio said- 'keep riding just stop bloody falling off' Sitting trot and any jerky/uneven paces are no good, and I have to be careful (ie don't push myself when I know I'm close to damaging something) but I find riding to be quite therapeutic, and excellent for building/maintaining core muscles.
    10-17-2011, 11:51 PM
Riding at a walk shouldn't be all that bad, but I would ask about it. Definitely not faster for a while. My chiro told me last year that riding is absolutely terrible for your back (I found that out the hard way when I twisted a vertebra in my neck. Yeah. Not fun, don't recommend it.)
    10-25-2011, 05:13 PM
Ok this is going to hopefully not sound too on the personal side and you don't need to respond to this. This is just informative. There are women out there that have upper or lower intense back pain that does not go away. It may be caused by too large of breasts. Some women are overly endowed and the wieght can pull you down. Cause stress on all the back and shoulder muscles. If this is the case you may want to talk to your dr. He/she may know how to help.

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