Last week, I woke up a few days in a row experiencing various aches and pains. The intensity of each ailment was slightly different, but still unwelcome. Most of my pain was centered around my neck and upper back. The interesting thing to me was my back had more of an aching pain where as my neck was experiencing sharp pain upon certain movements. Needless to say, I needed professional relief because over the counter pain meds weren’t solving the problem.
In the past when I was engaging in more strenuous activities like recreational basketball and martial arts, I’d see a chiropractor or get a massage regularly. However, since I’ve lightened my load lately, I’ve slacked on getting these treatments. It hadn’t occurred to me to take my riding habits into consideration, or the strain placed on my body because I’m a daily commuter.
So, I went into a chiropractic massage clinic and had the works performed on my back. According to my doctor, because I ride a motorcycle my body is under constant tension while riding. Not only are rider’s bodies fighting against the force of wind, but the helmets we wear weigh down on our spine. She said this was a recipe for discomfort, and she encouraged me to try and get in to see her at least once a month.
I made sure to schedule my next appointment because I already felt better before I left. It turned out the tension in my back wasn’t only centered there. I had it along my arms and legs, but it makes sense considering the position I’m often riding in on my sports bike.
I know I’m not the only rider who experiences discomfort after a long ride. So, if you’ve been having pain and you ride frequently, I recommend making an appointment for either a massage or a visit to the chiropractor. You don’t have to remain uncomfortable and power through, there is treatment available.
The massages I get are usually at an Eastern medicine facility where they offer deep tissue, acupuncture, electrode treatment, heat therapy, and a few other things. It costs about fifty bucks on average, but it’s top of the line care. I’ve always advocated the importance of rider’s taking care of their bodies, and regular massages is guaranteed way to help.
Stay safe in these streets!