Do You Have A Disc Hernia In Your Lower Back?
Is Back Pain Affecting Your Riding?
Have You Been Told To Give Up Riding?
Doctors and medical professionals will always err on the conservative side and the uninformed will always view horse riding as a high-risk sport, especially with a back injury.
Well, I have written extensively on this topic, I have suffered a back disc prolapse and was told to never ride a horse again. I was also given many stretches by my treating therapist that increased my pain and pressure on my spinal nerves.
Many horse riders suffer from a lower back injury of some description. The disc is the most common structure injured. The advice and rehab programs that are given to many horse riders do not come from a therapist who knows about horse riding. This is devastating for those who are told to give it away.
Time to heal is very important and understanding the biomechanics of the injury and movement patterns used in riding is essential. If you want more information in this area then look at my Applied Posture Riding program.
However, having written about what to do to recover I have listed here a group of exercises NOT to do.
Stretches To Avoid With A Disc Hernia Injury.
The pictures are difficult to view.
The point is you avoid any stretch or exercises that push the lower spine into flexion. Lumbar flexion will increase the pressure through the disc and cause it to bulge or herniate further into the spinal structures. This increases the risk of a full-blown prolapse.
All the Images have been sourced from The book “The Anatomy Of Stretching ” by Brad Walker 2nd Edition.
(B Walker 2007. The Anatomy Of Stretching. 2nd ed. Berkely, Lotus Publishing.138,129,
These stretches are very dangerous, especially in the early stages of recovery.
All stretches for a disc hernia must be carefully set up and the patient must know what structure they are stretching and at what level do you push it. No pain No gain is only good if you know what the pain is.
Once you have looked at all these stretches and in many riders you will realize you are actually increasing your injury. If you want more information or to contact me use the home page and the contact me tab.
Be safe learn about your injury and return to riding with good healing, good strength and confidence you are recovering well.
A stretch may well be increasing the injury or increasing the nerve damage…be aware!