Have you ever known a person that is an avid equestrian, that did not have back pain? Neither have I. The reason back, neck and shoulder pain is so evident in the Equestrian related events is due to the jolting forces being transferred to the rider from the animal. The constant pounding riders take is enough alone to create spinal deviations that inevitably result in pain. There are warm up exercises that can help to avoid this. Look at everything else that comes with being an active rider: Lifting saddles, carrying hay bales, and mucking stalls.The work is hard and constant. Most horse people I know take better care of their animals than they do themselves.
Just because you’re active does not mean you need to suffer with the back pain associated with this hard activity. When you watch athletes of all calibers and ages what is the first thing you see them do? It is warm up exercises. Have you ever seen riders warming up prior to an event? No, they are warming up their horses.
Benefits of Warm Up Exercises:
Recently we began testing the benefits of warming up the spine prior to strenuous hours spent riding a horse. The benefits were similar to those of other athletes, that is, there reduction of injury and pain. By simply utilizing the wobble chair and cervical traction for 10 minutes as the warm up exercises in the rider’s arena prior to an event the rider stated “Not only was I not sore when I got on, but there was little to NO back pain when I finished.” The riders used the device consistently both pre and post their riding event for the entire week and the benefits were tremendous.
A study was done in 2004 that showed that 66% Equestrian related injuries happened to women, and of those injuries 59% were related to either falling for being bucked off a horse. 83% of all the injuries associated in the study were head, neck and shoulder related. The conclusion of the study was: “The largest number of equestrian injuries occur in females in the 2nd, 4th and 5th decades of life. Prevention strategies (educational and passive protection equipment) should be especially targeted to this high risk group.”
Minimize Injury While Strengthening your Core!
In conclusion, a rider that has done warm up exercises prior to a days’ worth of strenuous activity will minimize injury while strengthening the bodies supportive structure insuring years of riding pleasure.
The Cervical Traction is used for loading and unloading cycles that reestablish motion in the neck and upper spine, hydrates discs and prepares for restoration of spinal curves. Get rid of your stiff sore neck using The Cervical Traction for as little as 3-5 min a day!