OK so I know this is gonna get a lot of dirty answers haha but in all seriousness... are there any good back exercises/stretches that can be done before riding? I just stick to trails but lately I've noticed that after a while my lower back hurts and not from falling cuz I rarely fall. Old age? Too much twisting? Weak muscles? I do have scoliosis... maybe that? I don't exercise at the moment so that's probably why, but anyone know of a way to stretch out my back...nonsexually lol?
Start doing yoga. It helps a ton with boarding. It helps with flexibility, balance, and strength. The scoliosis definitely doesn't help you any.
The three on the bottom left are good simple stretches that should help alleviate some of the pain.
Thanks for the pic and yoga advice guess I should get my yoga mat out. Needed it when I was doing P90X for a while... that didn't last lol. Didn't think of yoga though for flexibility. Gonna try these stretches too
Injured my back in a work accident when I was 18, stopped rollerblading regularly and my back muscles weakened. All the sudden at 20 I started having back pain for the first time in my life! Doc said I was just weak... So I started doing back extensions. Now this is one of my key core exercises, when I get around to doing them.
Oh man! at 48, I have to do my Yoga to stay pain free and limber. WHen I go without doing it for awhile (like recently) I feel like I`m 84! I need to look into an inversion table too. I know you (BA) suggested this to me last year but I just have`nt gotten around to it.
Sonwobunny, definitely start a Yoga regiment....
Life saver man seriously you need to get on it. Also those foam rollers for IT bands are great as well. I'm starting to finally slow down now that I turned 30 and it's a result of injuries, probably doesn't help at 16 I was 6'3 at 30 I'm 5'11.5.
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Definitely inversion therapy! I've had my table since the late '90s and like BA said it is a life saver.
Also, counter stretch and strengthen your core.
Edit: Snowbunny, if you wear heels often it really can have an impact on your low back. Heels pitch the body forward so the back sort of struggles to maintain posture - the upper back can tighten and brace (in an effort to stack over the pelvis and prevent that forward pitch) and the low back struggles to maintain its curve because its in more of an extended position in that pitch. You can Google for the counter stretch or if I can find the copy I have I'll send it to you in a PM.
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