Increasing Flexibility in Your Spine

As a physiotherapist, I work with a lot of people who have pain or stiffness in their backs. As an equestrian and riding instructor, I can see how many riders would benefit from applying physiotherapy to their riding. Working around horses and riding makes us prone to having issues with our backs, because our horses aren’t always gentle on us. Stiffness or pain when riding is unpleasant, and its effect on your posture can be hard on your horse and decrease your performance. Increasing your flexibility through your spine can improve your riding in many ways, such as: reducing pain or discomfort while riding facilitating relaxation of your whole bodymaking it easier to follow the canter/lope without rocking or pumping reducing how much you bounce during the jog or trot If you are like most people, and are slightly tighter on one side of your body, you may see even…

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