OK, that’s a bit dramatic, but not so far fetched either.
There’s been some talk on various posts about back issues, so I thought I would share about mine and how unicycling has really changed things for me.
During our first lockdown here in South Africa I managed to herniate the lowest disc in my spine. The pain was excruciating and it took a couple of months to get anywhere close to normal in terms of mobility and being free from pain. A few months after the hernia I was still suffering from the symptoms of it (frozen calf & tingling in my toes), but was no longer in real pain.
I had to stop running so I dusted off my KH29er, put a road tire on it and began riding 10+ks twice a week, which really helped build my core strength. My chiropractor encouraged me to see an Orthopedic Surgeon who sent me for an MRI. The MRI revealed that the herniated disc had collapsed, which was why I was still getting the symptoms of the herniation. To cut a long story short, the surgeon recommended an Anterior L5-S1 Fusion operation, but when I expressed my concerns (not least the appalling success rate) he advised that I undertake some intensive core/abs exercises as being the only other way to a normal healthy life.
I’ve cycled all my life and began unicycling in '99 but never really took it too seriously. Now suddenly I was taking my unicycling very seriously and having built up some distance riding on my 29er decided to dust off my Nimbus Nightrider Impulse 36er and really get going. I now ride at least twice a week usually for at least 20ks each time
I saw my chiropractor recently and he was amazed to hear that I have zero pain in my back. I also have a lot more mobility than I did when I first herniated the disc too.
I still Box four times a week and I love the fact that at almost 55 my core and abs are so strong that the youngsters can’t keep up with me when we’re doing sit-ups and other core exercises and I really enjoy the jump/skipping rope.
The positive changes and improvements in my back are all down to the unicycling, which obviously gives a core workout like nothing else.
So any one got any back or other health issues which have been helped by unicycling?