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post #11 of 14 Old 04-21-2013, 07:04 PM
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I have chronic back pain and stiffness due to a fairly severe scoliosis (spinal curvature). There are times that I get pain while riding - in the vicinity of the quadratus lumborum muscle, and triggered by fatigue from holding myself upright in a good riding posture for extended periods of time - but that only happens now and then. More often, riding makes my back feel a LOT better. The movements involved, both in the actual riding and in the horse grooming before and after, do a lot to loosen up and mobilise my often-stiff muscles. When I've been riding a fair bit, I find that my back's generally a lot less painful and more mobile than when I've been less active.
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post #12 of 14 Old 04-21-2013, 07:09 PM
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I've only experienced neckpain with riding after I got bucked off and landed on my head, and then exasperated it further with a sit down job.

I hadn't experienced it beforehand.

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post #13 of 14 Old 04-21-2013, 07:14 PM
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Normally riding doesn't bother me, but if the horse spooks or something then I'm usually sore the next day.
My chiro says his best clients are motorcycle riders and horse back riders.

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post #14 of 14 Old 04-21-2013, 07:24 PM
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I'm not sure if this counts, but in 2010, I twisted a vertebra in my neck from riding. No impressive unintentional dismount, just a lot of unexpected immediate stops and hitting my butt too hard in the saddle over the course of a couple of months. It did not cause any neck pain, but I had the worst headache I hope to ever experience. After 3 ER trips to figure out the cause, I was told to go to my chiro, who promptly asked if I was in a severe car accident.

The occasional teleport or dead stop throws my neck out of place, but nothing to that extent again.
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