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Let's get the NECK out of here!!

Old 05-23-13, 11:26 AM
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Let's get the NECK out of here!!

anyone ever have neck issues? what kind? remedies? while i infrequently get neck issues, when i do it puts me out for a week and a half every time. i usually chalk it up to sleeping on it funny but i also get paranoid that craning my neck all the time on a road bike is ffff'ng it up to. so whats the optimal neck angle/position? do you do any strength training for your upper shoulders and neck too? discuss!!
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Old 05-23-13, 12:04 PM
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You live in Portland.
Go to Transformation Studios at NW 17th and Taylor.
Spendy, but they'll get you aligned for the rest of you life.
Give them 8 weeks of weekly private sessions. If you have any kenesthesic sense at all, you'll be cured for life.

I won't go into their modality here, but I had neck and shoulder issues, plus knee and ankle issues, now and I am completely fluid and pain free thanks to thier work.
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one thing that works for me is using 20 or 25lb dumbells and doing shoulder rolls and other upper back stretching/strengthening exercises.
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Yep, but only when I'm out of shape. I recall in February a 2 hour ride was all I could handle before my neck and shoulders got to me. Now it takes a 4-5 hour ride to wear me out.

Not sure if it a problem with my fit or my fitness but they my shoulders and neck seem to wear out at the same rate as my legs.
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I do stretches somewhat like these on the bike every 10-20 miles (hands off the handlebars):


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Originally Posted by Vlaam4ever View Post
Yep, but only when I'm out of shape. I recall in February a 2 hour ride was all I could handle before my neck and shoulders got to me. Now it takes a 4-5 hour ride to wear me out.

Not sure if it a problem with my fit or my fitness but they my shoulders and neck seem to wear out at the same rate as my legs.
yeah, i think im feeling a bit string beany these days. i was lifting alot and rock climbing all last year and tore it up on my bike thru the end of october. might need to hit the gym for some chassis maintenance. reinforce the frame! you guys stretch shoulders and neck much pre ride?
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I had neck issues but my problem was I had numbness/tingling in my hand and up my arm into shoulder coupled with extreme pain. I did not associate this with my neck or spine for that matter. Turned out I had a pinched nerve at c5-c6. I could not shake the symptoms with any treatments. Some pt and two cortisone shots one with a nerve block did nothing. Other than the nerve block providing about 6 hours of bliss. Just had a disc implant surgery and other than surgical pains all the other discomfort is gone. If you can go any other route than surgery go for it, but for me that was what it took. I did not get a fusion so that is a good thing but now I have a fancy piece of hardware in my neck for ever. I chalk my issues up to doing work in less than ideal ergonomic conditions with air hammers and such.
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Massage therapy. Plank pose every morning for 90 seconds, which is also good for your core.
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How aggressive is your bar drop?

Age is something that can't be fixed. It might be that you will have to lift your bars up incrementally as you get older.

Also, do you wear sunglasses or spectacles when riding?
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