Horse riding is an incredible cardiovascular workout, even just a half-hour ride is considered ‘moderate exercise’. Horse riding also develops a wide variety of muscles and forces you to adopt a better posture, not to mention the mental benefits. However, like many sports, riders can often be taken away from the saddle due to horse riding injuries and chiropractic treatment is often the best course of action to aid recovery and get you riding as soon as possible. Misalignment can also cause your weight to be unevenly distributed, giving the horse mixed signals as to where you are trying to go. Chiropractic care has helped countless riders recover from horse rider injuries and become more proficient riders.
Common horse riding injuries
It’s not only falling off a horse that can cause injuries. The combination of various levels of speed, changes of direction and influencing factors from tack can make riders prone to multiple problems.
Horse riding back pain
Horse riding is a sport in which the spine is subject to high-impact force. There is an exceptionally high occurrence of horse riding back pain in the sport compared to non-riders. Horse riding back pain is often due to the repetitive nature of riding, as well as the long-term consequence of other horse riding injuries; this is especially true in show jumping.
Whilst jumping, the rider closes the hip to thigh angle, moving their body into a forward position. This change in position requires a large amount of muscle control to achieve and, if performed incorrectly, can lead to serious injury. Restrictions in the rider’s range of mobility as a result of pain will affect their position while jumping and will impact the performance of the horse.
It’s easy to forget about the ‘behind-the-scenes’ work riders do. Moving heavy feed bags and buckets, rotating while shifting saddles to shelves, and even the added weight of wearing a heavy helmet can all have damaging effects on our bodies. Lifting with the legs rather than the back and alternating your broom hand are great preventative techniques that can save you from future problems. Good alignment and keeping your body healthy and correctly adjusted are extremely important for performance in the saddle, but also for how you feel when you’re out of it.
Chiropractic treatment for horse riding injuries and back pain
Horse riding is about strength, balance and posture. Chiropractic care is essential to ensure the rider is able to communicate effectively with the horse, to alleviate horse riding injuries, and to promote swift recovery when they occur.
Chiropractic care offers non-invasive and drug-free treatments for riders that get you back in the saddle as soon as possible. Remember, your consultation will be free if the doctor cannot help you.
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