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    Posted: May 03 2010 at 3:44pm
Our user asked: "I am a cyclist and was wondering what the proper posture should be, from the perspective of spine health. We are constantly warned against flexing the spine for fear of herniating discs, but most cyclists ride with the whole spine in an arch. I have been trying to find out whether this is actually advisable, or whether we should be seeking to maintain normal lumbar lordosis while riding. I can think of arguments for both, but wondered what an expert would think."
 
Ask a PT Response: "A curved/flexed spine is the correct positioning when in a racing positioning on a road bike. Mountain bike and hybrid bike will allow for a more correct/erect spinal position.

There are different ways to adjust the bike to allow for more comfort: seat ht, handle bar ht, distance between seat and bars, and any additional bars ie. aero bars. All these can adjust the amount of forward flexion.

The best advice would be to improve core strength. Since a cyclist is in a flexed position for an extended time, the spine can be protected by having a strong core. Most cycle exercise programs will place emphasis on core strength. Exercises would be prone and side planks, Stabililty Ball roll-outs (kneeling, elbows on ball for rolling forward), and 4-point UE/LE lifts on floor or on Stability Ball are a few ideas that come to mind."
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Also check out http://www.bicycling.com/fitcore/home.html for videos of core exercises for bike riders.
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Its amazing how much damage incorrect posture positioning can cause.

Not just when your riding on a bike either, you need to be careful when sitting in all manner of chairs, especially considering the amount of time people spent slumped over their desks each day.

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