I love my Atlantis, but i have a problem that I've been trying to ignore until now.
I've been going to physical therapy for several months now for some neck/shoulder issues I've been having. I've gotten hit by cars on my bike and motorcycle (blacked out on that one), pulled back muscles working in the yard... so several things have happened that are not good for my neck. I guess it all caught up to me because for the last couple years I've been trying to figure out why I've been getting migraine headaches and why they were becoming more frequent. I finally traced it to tight muscles in my neck and shoulders. After doing CT and MRI scans it was determined that nothing was abnormal and I should go to physical therapy since it was muscle related. Turns out I was right. My neck was pretty screwed up. Bad posture from drawing at a computer all day, plus I'm sure the accidents, and then the commuting on my atlantis a few days a week was all contributing to my problem. Physical therapy has helped, i have a lot more motion in my neck now and I'm able to control the headaches to an extent. But one ride on the bicycle still ends up making me pay for it later. And the riding position is nothing like a typical road bike. I'm fairly relaxed on it but my shoulders still fall forward and lift upwards in a shrugging position and I tilt my head up to see which tightens down on the muscles at the base of my neck in back.
I'm only 33 and don't want to give up cycling so any help, pointers, advice, opinions, etc would be great. I may just need to continue with therapy, build up the muscles in my back and shoulders and eventually work thru this whether it be months or even years. But in the meantime I'd like to find an alternative.
So.... what's the deal with recumbents? I've always heard that they were popular with people with back problems. What about neck issues? From some of the pics that I've seen it looks like there still might be neck strain because some seats look really reclined forcing you to lift your head up? And they all look so different! I wouldn't have the faintest idea where to begin to look or what to look at. Help!