A specific question and then a comment.
I have alot of trouble with my middle and lower back...a small amount of scoliosis, general back pain, numbness, tingling, from various things such as family history and small accidents/bumps over the years. But I notice that CYCLING--especially longer distances, and especially if ya pay attention to your posture---is about the ONLY THING that really makes it better! Chondroitin, anti-inflammatory things, aspirin, etc...don't seem to really help much when it really troubles me.
I think its because, as I said, if you use good posture and keep your arms fully extended you are stretching the muscles and skeleton in the areas where you have the pain?
Any folks out there have a similar experience? Any folks with medical/therapeutic training who can vouch for this or recommend other things to help?
We all love to talk about promoting cycling, and to me its affect on your health and fitness is one of the best arguments.
700 calories an hour....and its all fun!