Neck Pain After Cycling: How Can You Cope?

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Do you enjoy cycling? Are you one of those who look forward to weekends to get together with your cycling buddies again for a good ride? Are you one of those multisports enthusiasts who regularly train for cycling? Or is cycling your preferred mode of transport to stay healthy and help the environment? Whether you ride your bicycle for sports, hobbies, or transport, you're probably familiar with the usual body pains cycling can bring, including neck pain.

An Upper Cervical Chiropractor is no stranger to chronic neck pain complaints of cyclists. Many recreational cyclists often go on weekend rides only to face the start of the week nursing neck pain. It can start as a minor discomfort and quickly escalate to a debilitating pain that affects your daily life. Next thing you know, your once enjoyable hobby becomes your source of agony. How can you cope with this type of pain? How can you manage the symptoms and return to the saddle without worrying again? First, you have to identify what's causing your neck pain.

 

What causes neck pain?

Neck pain from cycling can be due to various factors, including prolonged periods extending your neck, poor posture, and overuse of certain muscles. For example, holding your chin forward and overextending your neck can compress the lower joints of the neck, leading to irritation and pain. Overusing the muscles in the neck or stretching muscles in the back and shoulders can also cause painful fatigue, muscle spasms, and trigger points. Holding a poor posture for extended periods can harm you and contribute to your neck pain which can manifest after your ride.

Maintaining a neutral spine posture is essential to prevent neck pain from cycling. This helps put less stress on your joints while allowing for efficient muscle work. You can achieve this by using the right bike size proportional to your body. With the correct bike size, everything on the bike is in the correct position, and your neutral spine posture during the ride becomes more natural and effortless. This can lead to a more enjoyable and pain-free cycling experience.

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An Upper Cervical Chiropractor Can Help

Neck pain from cycling can be resolved and should not be accepted as part of the deal because you can enjoy pain-free rides. However, in case you don't know, poor posture from cycling can lead to a misalignment in the Upper Cervical spine, contributing to chronic neck pain and discomfort. Correcting this misalignment is imperative before it brings you more problems in the long run. A trained Upper Cervical Chiropractor can help identify and correct these misalignments and provide lasting relief to help improve your overall cycling experience. 

Upper Cervical Care focuses on keeping the alignment and balance of the uppermost vertebrae in the spine. Through gentle and precise adjustments, your Upper Cervical spine can return to its proper alignment, which can relieve your nerves, muscles, and tissues from undue stress and pressure.

Getting regular care from an Upper Cervical Chiropractor and getting the correct bike size for your build can be valuable steps toward finding relief and enjoying pain-free rides again. Look for an Upper Cervical Care office near you today using this directory.

 

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