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  • BenBrown
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    Back pain, and more to learn

    Quick self observations:
    1st My body is Not my slave that has no limits. If it needs a certain amount of rest to heal, it needs it. Cool/warm compresses are my friend.
    2nd. Lack of hydration is my first enemy. (a de-inflated disc amplifies injury)
    3rd. Lack of circulation is the foundation for injury.(DON'T CLOG the ARTERIES!!!)
    4th - pre warm up is just basic good sense. (think help the fluid reinflate things.)
    5th - flexibility/strengthening off the unicycle IS important too, but do little without the above.
    6th - if I've been bed ridden from the flu a week or so, or inactive a prolonged period of time its extremely unwise to simply jump on the unicycle and do any demanding stuff without a couple of days to get back into some. See #1.

    Having said all of that, definitely, unicycling has helped my back.

    Regarding #3. When I started following Dean Ornish's plan for Reversing Heart Disease (American Medical Association - agrees it works, but think Americans can't do it! It reverses narrowing of the arteries by lifestyle, not medications.) I found my body definitely recovered from back stress, like catching 400 pound clients, far easier. I also learned not to fully catch them...

    Regarding #4. In PT it was suggested I do really low impact off the unicycle warm up of 10 minutes before the real exercise.

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  • mrfixit
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    Not back pain, something different.

    I HAD a bunch of aches and pains that were becoming more and more frequent, that seemed to come on , move around and disappear and return for no reason at all. ARms, legs torso, wherever. A bunch of mysterious sensitivities/ tenderness, and other troubles that I thought were related /caused by LYME disease or some other neurological/neuropathy issue. Although several Lyme disease tests were negative, I spent days combing the internet to try to self diagnose my woes, while keeping a log of what felt bad, where and when. All I found was there's a lot of people out there with mysterious pains.

    Then I started unicycling, but for a strange reason, only to prove to my teenage son that he could do it.

    So I figured it out and wanted to do more, to get some exercise and lose weight. I lost weight, gained some back, but all my aches and pains have disappeared almost instantly , and have been gone , now for two years.

    I feel great, 10 years younger, and have a whole new way I see the world.
    When I unicycle , I feel more alive, invigorated..not only during, but all the time.
    I can't really explain it, getting exercise, getting healthier, and, improving my abilities. I'm hooked, and miss it when the weather is crappy. I think I needed a change in my life, and this has been a very positive effect that I never anticipated.

    Heck, even my teenage daughter thinks it's cool.

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  • Setonix
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    Originally posted by 57UniRider View Post
    Everytime I ride I think sit back. Don't lean forward, and try pushing the abdomen / belly forward. I'm hoping I can ride through the back pain issue now and get on with enjoying longer and longer rides.
    Maybe even though you sit up straight on the uni, you feel a little stressed as well and sit a little to cramped on the uni. The only problem I have is with my right leg that sometimes feels twisted when I do longer rides. For my back it feels very nice. I've come to a point when unicycling is more comfortable than just walking. With some sandy hills I just can't ride up and have to walk, but as soon as I can ride it feels like home again. While riding I normally hold the seat with 1 or 2 hands and get cramped a bit more as I'm making speed, but to feel more relaxed, I can sit up straight and let my hands drop beside me.
    I guess you can just try the differences and see how they feel for you.

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  • MUCFreerider
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    Pezzi Ball/ exercise ball

    An exercise ball or "Pezzi Ball" works great for me, e.g. https://www.amazon.com/CanDo-Deluxe-...gateway&sr=8-4

    According to "experts" you're supposed to sit on it for 1-2 hours at a time and then rotate with a normal chair, but I've been using a ball as my office chair for close to 10 years now and sit on it all day. The combination of unicycling and sitting on the ball has cured all of my lower back issues!

    As the ball moves under you, it requires you to activate your back muscles and strengthen them as well as continually circulating the fluids in the discs in the back. As the discs don't have an active blood supply or active fluid transfer but rely on passive fluid exchange/osmosis, the theory is that sitting in an office chair compresses the discs like a sponge and presses the fluid out so they become less fluid and vibrant). Sitting on the ball works wonders for me. Of course, you need the appropriate size for your height, usually around 75-85cm.
    Last edited by MUCFreerider; 2019-03-19, 08:26 PM.

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  • MarkWilliamson
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    I need this suggestion

    Has anyone sampled the various product mentioned here, and can they tell which one is the best? -https://chairsbuddy.com/best-back-supports-for-office-chair/

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  • Danny Colyer
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    Originally posted by kamikaze View Post
    But people usually use their improved skill to go faster, which means you have less time to react and need more force to make all the small corrections.
    It's often said of bicycling that it doesn't get easier, you just get faster.

    Although with unicycling, it gets easier and you get faster.

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  • kamikaze
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    Originally posted by 57UniRider View Post
    Hello Teal
    Would you say it is an aerobic workout? like running??
    It certainly is a workout for me, but I thought I was eventually supposed to get to where riding feels like a comfortable stroll. I have never gotten beyond the "breathing heavily" after about a mile (or less) stage.
    You'll get to a point where you can ride effortlessly. But people usually use their improved skill to go faster, which means you have less time to react and need more force to make all the small corrections.

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  • 57UniRider
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    Originally Posted by TEAL View Post
    "...I find it's also an awesome alternative to running. It's basically like running on a soft cloud at higher speeds while also being a solid core workout."

    Hello Teal
    Would you say it is an aerobic workout? like running??
    It certainly is a workout for me, but I thought I was eventually supposed to get to where riding feels like a comfortable stroll. I have never gotten beyond the "breathing heavily" after about a mile (or less) stage.

    Also... I looked up this post to read about back pain. (I wasn't expecting to find it as a current thread.)

    Unicycling CAUSES back pain for me. I am reminded now (getting back to riding after slacking off for a year or more) that possibly the main thing that caused me to slack off is back pain. Thank you to krjames for advice on how to work on this. Everytime I ride I think sit back. Don't lean forward, and try pushing the abdomen / belly forward. I'm hoping I can ride through the back pain issue now and get on with enjoying longer and longer rides. At my best, I was riding nonstop for about 45 minutes, but I'm having to work back up to that now. The back pain is in my way...even when I am pretty sure I'm sitting up straight.

    Keeping on keeping on. Again.
    Last edited by 57UniRider; 2016-11-18, 03:40 AM.

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  • Spinningwoman
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    Originally posted by TEAL View Post

    Besides... How else could I drink my coffee in the morning while "running"?
    I now have a new goal...

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  • 57UniRider
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    Originally posted by TEAL View Post
    ...I find it's also an awesome alternative to running. It's basically like running on a soft cloud at higher speeds while also being a solid core workout.
    Hello Teal
    Would you say it is an aerobic workout like running?
    It certainly is a workout for me, but I thought I was eventually supposed to get to where riding feels like a comfortable stroll. I have never gotten beyond the "breathing heavily" after about a mile (or before) stage.

    Also... I looked up this post to read about back pain. Unicycling causes back pain for me. I am reminded now (getting back to riding after slacking off for a year or more) that possibly the main thing that caused me to slack off is back pain. Thank you to krjames for advice on how to work on this. Everytime I ride I try to think sit back. Don't lean forward, and try pushing the abdomen / belly forward. I'm hoping I can ride through the back pain issue now and get on with enjoying longer and longer rides. At my best, I was riding nonstop for about 45 minutes, but I'm having to work back up to that now. The back pain is in my way...even when I am pretty sure I'm sitting up straight.

    Keeping on keeping on. Again.

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  • TEAL
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    I've been unicycling for over 20 years but recently had an ACL injury from snowboarding. Besides the fun aspect of unicycling, I find it's also an awesome alternative to running. It's basically like running on a soft cloud at higher speeds while also being a solid core workout.

    Besides... How else could I drink my coffee in the morning while "running"?

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  • Monette
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    I am couple months from a bad UPD. Luckily nothing broke but greatly bruised my hip and lower back. The recovery is slow and can be retarded by riding too hard too soon. Pride will do that to you. Pace yourself. Your body will tell you when you are done. Quit then.
    I almost never use over the counter for pain meds. I used a combination of stretch, ice and rest at first. Gradually add exercise to that constant routine.
    I have steadily added more frequent and more challenging rides. I am proudly near pre-injury level today.

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  • UPD
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    Overdoing it gives me a little backache. Then that's when I know I have to rest for a couples days. Ironically, to get rid of that persistent ache, I have to get back on and ride, then it feels totally good again

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  • fynger
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    This is a great thread to read.

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  • BodySquare
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    YES! I've had lower back pain on and off for over 8 years and unicycling seems to be the best treatment

    I think it's the combination of strengthening all the small muscles so the pressure on spine is reduced later when not unicycling, plus the movement of the spine moves fluid through the discs (as opposed to the fluid being squeezed out when sitting for hours).

    I think if you don't have acute back pain, then unicycling is about the best thing for the back!

    I unicycle at least once a week (usually commute 2-3 days) for my back (and it's fun too of course)!

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