Lower Back Pain and Horse Riders

Lower Back Pain is Very common In Horse Riders

Are You One Of Them?

When I wrote the Applied Posture Riding program I wrote it with the intention to train any rider to ride better. The core exercises are brilliant for horse riders, but as it has turned out, this program has become the most valuable program for horse riders suffering lower back pains. Many 4820068 spinehorse riders are seeking a program that incorporates core exercises as well as horse riding knowledge.Basically, my program teaches horse riders "How To Ride A Horse". The exercises are all core based and designed to teach horse riders all about the horse riding posture.  Well,  it has become evident that horse riders suffering back pain have been the biggest buyers of my program. I think this is because horse riders with back pain are finding it very difficult to find information and advice that helps them stay riding and doesn't just tell them to give it away and find something else. Many horse riders consult with an expert who understands lower back pains but not horse riding. I was told to give it up and I get emails from so many that are told to do the same "Give Up Riding" I don't think so!!!

Lower Back Pain can be Managed

I get many emails from riders all over the world asking for help and advice about their back pain and their muscle and posture pains. Many horse riders can't get past a block they have with pain or balance problems or confidence due to weakness. I find riding instructors and health professional cannot help with these issues. Neither are educated to answer questions or give advice.

A Ruptured Disc is so common in Horse Riders Lower back pain seems to be the biggest bogie for horse riders and it is very sad for a rider to be told to give up their passion. The disc is the most common structure injured that affects horse riders forever. asymmetry spine websizeIf you are one of these riders, then have some hope you can get control back over your body, your pain, and your dreams. Of course, I can't blindly tell every rider to ignore medical advice without assessing you one on one but I can recommend certain things as a generic approach and give some advice as I see it from a Physiotherapy knowledge base and a horse riders vision as well.

The first question I ask is "What have you been told?" Many people get the run around with the question and don't actually know what is wrong. I think if you can walk around and go to work and do some exercises then you can train yourself to ride again. Again I do need more information from some and I absolutely suggest seeing a Physiotherapist for further or one on one treatment. I can direct you in asking better questions. In many riders I deal with it is a simple as prescribing a back brace, correct core exercises and of course proper management around the stables.The riders I deal with are not going to stop what they are already doing.In many cases I am just changing how they do what they do, to be safer and less harmful to their body. When it comes to getting back in the saddle I do suggest a quiet horse and in many cases save jumping or eventing for the future.

But any person can get on and ride and be safe. Riding is actually good for lower back pain, caring for a horse is the harmful part. So as a generic program for lower back pain management I suggest a back brace immediately. I suggest wearing as you need at first and then slowly reduce it. I totally recommend core exercises. I can't express enough the importance of correct core exercises.

I don't mean Pilates classes, I suggest you learn from a Physiotherapist or from my Applied Posture Riding program. I teach the core crunch to be done 100s of times a day. I have designed a complete exercise program to train riders for riding and this consequently strengthens the core and protects the back. Strong core stability is the key to good riding and the key to lower back pain control. The common sense around the stables with lifting and handling horses is a must. If you have helpers use them, let them do the heavy work until you are better.

Lower Back Pain and Disc Pain

I would like to tell you about a lady I helped here in SA get back to riding after one of the worst back injuries I have seen. She had multi-level disc protrusions and a slip at one level. She had severe nerve pain and minimal flexibility. Her Dr. told her never to go near a horse let alone ride again. She contacted me in desperation and wanted me to teach her how to ride again. Well, she was going to ride anyway so I said I would help.

 First up we designed a simple exercise program for flexibility and fitness and had her walking and moving better.We looked at what she could do and she had to promise to stay away from any lifting, twisting or carrying anything. She was not allowed to feed up, rug up or saddle a horse, she could supervise.Back Brace jpg I prescribed a back brace which gave her great pain control. While wearing the back brace I taught her core crunches and core exercises. Slowly pain eased, core function improved and she started riding at the walk only. I suggested she have a helper saddle and bridle her horse and not to have anything to do with the care of the horse, but she could get on and ride, of course slowly and safely.

She followed the program and has had great success. She is back competing at country hack shows on her old faithful and loving it. She is back instructing and enjoying her passion.She is of course still following the rules, her back is still damaged and will still give her pain, but with knowledge and management she is living her passion. I did hear from her husband she had had a nasty fall and ruptured her cruciate ligament. She fell off the ride on lawn mower!!!!!. The Dr. didn't warn her of this!

Anyway, my point is if you have the passion to ride and you get the right advice you can follow your passion and achieve your dreams. 

Every sport, every activity has its dangers. I teach riders to understand their problem and give common sense advice with full knowledge. Every person walking the planet needs to do core exercises. Core exercises specific to horse riders will train every rider about the horse riding posture and skills for riding. Correct management and lifting techniques are valid. Wearing a back brace and changing the way you do things can make such a difference. I use a sack trolley to move horse feed. I don't lift the feed bags anymore. I don't clean the hooves out, I only use one rug and so on.

Some riders might think this is slack...I don't listen to them I listen to my back. I recommend strong core exercises every day. I practice what I preach and every day I come up with more ideas from my own experiences. I stretch every day and I use pain medication on occasion. I wear my brace and I love what I do. The next block after all this is the cost. I can guarantee the cost of my program and a back brace will save you 100s of dollars, but I'll leave it up to you now.

I am a rider coach if you have a problem and I can help I will. Just ask! I have suffered lower back pain and I know how to manage it.

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Good luck and enjoy your riding Annette Willson