Pain-Free Horse Riding: An Illustrated Guide to Prevention, Self-Care, and Injury Management for Riders of All Abilities

Pain-Free Horse Riding: An Illustrated Guide to Prevention, Self-Care, and Injury Management for Riders of All Abilities


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Discover why you have pain and tension, learn how they affect your horse and riding, and master techniques for treating and preventing pain and injury in the future.

Pain-Free Horse Riding is the first book to combine exercises for horseback riders to increase strength and flexibility and improve riding and address the pain they suffer from and how to relieve it. Horse rider and Myofascial Release therapist Nikki Robinson offers realistic ways to improve common conditions—back and neck pain, tendonitis, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, joint pain and stiffness, and repetitive strain injury—without giving up the activity you love. The book provides an introduction to fascia, covers how your body reacts to injury, and addresses common symptoms such as pain, tension, and inflammation. A key chapter focuses specifically on riding posture—the position of your head, shoulders, back, buttocks, and legs—including exercises to solve your riding problems with myofascial techniques. Also included are personal stories from riders who have had success with these methods. The format of the book allows readers to start at the beginning and read all the way through or to go straight to the sections that address their particular condition. There are cross-references throughout to direct readers where to find additional information if they are interested.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623173678
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 06/18/2019
Edition description: Illustrate
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 618,664
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

NIKKI ROBINSON is an experienced horse owner, rider, and physical therapist. She qualified as a Physiotherapist (physical therapist) from the Queen Elizabeth School of Physiotherapy, Birmingham, in 1993 and founded her award-winning Myofascial Release practice, Holisticare, in 2006. Robinson has specialized in Myofascial Release treatment since 2006 and trained in this technique in the UK, and in the US with John Barnes, the physical therapist who developed Myofascial Release more than 40 years ago. She is now one of the top Myofascial Release physiotherapists in Europe.

Table of Contents

Important note 5

Acknowledgments 6

Foreword 7

Introduction 9

Is this you? 9

How to use this book 10

Why I wrote this book 10

Chapter 1 The Rider's Posture 13

The benefits of riding 13

The ideal posture 14

The reality 15

How your posture affects your riding 16

How your posture affects your horse 16

References 19

Chapter 2 Your Fascia 20

What is your fascia? 20

Biotensegrity 21

How your fascial system affects your riding 23

References 25

Chapter 3 How Your Body Reacts to Injury 26

Physical reaction 26

Emotional response 29

How to help yourself 30

Falls 31

References 33

Chapter 4 Common Symptoms 34

Pain 34

Tension 36

Inflammation 37

References 38

Chapter 5 Some Conditions Affecting Riders 39

Back pain 39

Neck pain 42

Tendonitis 43

Fibromyalgia 44

Osteoarthritis 45

Joint pain and stiffness 46

Hand and wrist pain and stiffness 46

Elbow pain and stiffness 48

Shoulder pain and stiffness 49

Knee pain and stiffness 50

Hip pain and stiffness 50

Plantar fasciitis 52

Scar tissue 53

Repetitive strain injury 55

Hypermobility 55

Incontinence 56

References 58

Chapter 6 Solve Your Riding Problems the Myofascial Way 60

Posture 62

Chin forward 63

Head tilted to one side 63

Rounded shoulders 65

Shoulders elevated 66

One shoulder further forward 67

One shoulder lower 68

Elbows held out 69

Gripping your reins too hard 70

Holding your breath 71

Sitting with more weight through one buttock 72

Lower back too arched 73

Lower back collapsed 74

Toes pointing outward 75

Heels up 76

Gripping too hard with your legs 77

Mounting and dismounting 78

Difficulty stepping up with your left leg 78

Unable to swing right leg over 79

Unable to straighten up after dismounting 79

References 80

Chapter 7 On the Yard 81

Lifting 82

Tools 83

Water containers 83

Mucking out 84

Poo picking 86

Hay nets 87

Trailers and boxes 88

Grooming 88

Tack and rugs 89

You and your horse 90

At the end of the day 91

Chapter 8 Simple Steps 93

Drink enough water 93

Breathe properly 95

Stretch 97

Listen to your body 98

Posture 100

Reference 103

Chapter 9 Myofascial Release 104

What is Myofascial Release? 104

How does it work? 105

What does it involve? 106

Where can I get treatment? 108

References 109

Chapter 10 Riders' Stories 110

Bibliography 122

Index 123

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