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Summer may be ending, but the weather is still perfect for motorcycle riding. Fall is an excellent time to explore the Black Hills on your bike. The tourists have (mostly) left and it’s still warm outside.

Some of the best fall bike runs in the Black Hills include Needles Highway, Vanocker Canyon, Spearfish Canyon and Iron Mountain Road. You can also enjoy a lengthier ride out to Devil’s Tower or through the Badlands. Traffic slows down during the fall allowing for a more leisurely ride through our beautiful attractions. The prairie grasses are long and soon, the leaves will begin their color changes. We’ve been blessed these past several years with a respite from the pine beetle infestation, so the ponderosa pines of the Black Hills are dark evergreen as they should be.

Temperatures also are more forgiving, yet many seasonal attractions are still open for your enjoyment. This is a great time to get out on your motorcycle and enjoy the best of what the Black Hills has to offer.

Despite the relief in temperatures and traffic, motorcyclists can still experience some of the aches and pains of riding, during fall season. So how can  you enjoy the benefits of motorcycle riding this fall, safely and pain-free?

Chiropractic adjustments provide an excellent relief to the strain associated with specifically, motorcycle riding, but also sitting for long periods. Massage is a great compliment to chiropractic care, helping the body to recover.

Many riders complain of muscle fatigue. Often this is due to the body being out of alignment on the bike. The body tries to readjust itself to a comfortable position, but that isn’t really possible when riding. You have to be in bike-alignment, not sitting-in-an-easy-chair alignment, for one thing. It’s even more taxing when riding a sport bike, which encourages a forward tilt of the pelvis and extension of the neck and head which can result in discomfort. 

Muscle fatigue isn’t just annoying – it can actually result in permanent damage. Your chiropractor can help rebalance your body after riding, improving blood flow. A healing massage after your chiropractic adjustment will also get blood recirculating throughout those starved muscles that have been sitting on the bike for long hours.

Many riders also complain of pain, stiffness, numbness or tingling in the extremities – the arms, legs, wrists and hands. That’s because you’re balancing yourself by your arms and creating pressure that can create nerve compression and ligament inflammation. The discomfort in your wrists is not unlike that of carpal tunnel syndrome, and can be very painful. As chiropractors, we don’t just adjust spines – we can work with your neck and arms, to help return full use of your extremities. With techniques like Graston, we can work with your arms, hands and even feet, plus at Rushmore Family Chiropractic we also offer supplements to help keep you feeling your best, on two wheels or four.

So ride that bike to our offices for your next adjustment!

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