Helmet pain and osteopathy
Riding on a motorcycle is a real pleasure. The feeling of freedom, adventure, and speed opens up to us.
But at any moment it can become a real pain in the neck with your hekk. But, why does my helmet hurt so much?!
When a motorcyclist is rolling along, it should be noted that he/she is carrying 1 to 2 kg on his/her head.
This is a weight that designers are trying to lower, but it still remains significant. So in order to protect the wonderful little thinking box from an accident, the cyclist must choose from a vast array of helmets.
Between full-face helmet, jet helmet and length-adjustable helmet, it’s hard to choose. Many criteria will affect the purchase: the use, the esthetics and the weight.
Mechanical neck pain
Comes on at the end of the day
Slight loosening in the morning
Present for certain movements and physical activities
An osteopath must be consulted
Inflammatory neck pain
Happens when at rest
Pain is present independent of area being used
Causes the patient to wake up in the night
A doctor must be consulted
- It should not hurt
- It should not compress the forehead
- The upper opening should be above the eyebrows
- It should secure the face, including the cheeks
- Hold the helmet tightly in your hands and try to move your head, it shouldn’t move more than a couple of millimeters
- You shouldn’t be able to fit your finger between your forehead and the helmet padding
Repeat each of these movements ten times in order to warm-up well:
On your back:
Place your feet on the floor and lift your head. You will find yourself in a crunch position. Keep this position and nod your head YES and NO. Repeat at least ten times each.
On your side:
Lie comfortably on a side. Square your shoulders to lift the head off the ground. Roll your head left to right. Repeat the movement a dozen times and then roll onto your other side and repeat.
Visiting my osteopath
Osteopathy is a manual therapeutic approach to the patient as a whole. It treats the functional problems of the body by finding out their origin.
In this particular case, the neck will lose its physiological amplitude because of a collapsing of the vertebrae against one another that creates a hypomobility.
It will disturb the mechanical equilibrium of the body and creates musculoskeletal tension.
At the end of treatment, the osteopath repeats the active and passive tests in order to present the patient with the results of the consultation.
The patient should be able to notice the decrease in pain and/or the increase in amplitude of the zone.
In order to ensure that the body is perfectly stabilized, it is sometimes necessary for the patient to come for a second visit, even if the symptom disappeared after the first consultation.