Horse Riding Injuries and Chiropractic
Dr. Andrew Arnold says, ‘Did you know research shows that horse riding is more dangerous than motorcycle riding and automobile racing with a higher estimated rate of injury?’
Whether or not there was a fall, horse riding poses a lot of stress to your body due to the tension caused by galloping of horses creating a jolting motion to your body and neck and lower back pain. Micro-traumas like these are also known to speed up degenerative processes in your spine leading to osteoarthritis.
Falls on the head and neck would almost definitely impact the joints that work really hard holding your head and neck in place. Depending on the degree of fall, sprain or strain in the cervical and upper thoracic spine could occur. Even without a fall, your neck muscles could easily be strained by repetitively holding your head backward during horse riding.
Disc-related low back pain is the most common low back pain associated with horse riders. This is due to the repetitive strain that the lumbar spine undergoes while working around the locked hip joints. This is worsened by weakness in core muscles and poor posture of the horse riders.
Good news is you don’t have to give up horse riding to feel better. Chiropractors here in Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre specialize in acute or chronic pain management brought on by anything from horse riding to back and neck pain from daily activities. A long term care plan tailored to you normally consists of spinal adjustments and health advice to assist you in feeling better.
About the author:
Dr. Andrew Arnold is a Chiropractor at Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Ctr.